Run for us! Register to the Cabbage Patch 10 Mile Race20 Apr. 2021
The Iconic Cabbage Patch 10 Mile Race
The Cabbage Patch Race... You are probably wondering why it’s got such a funny name! Well, it’s named after the Cabbage Patch Pub in Twickenham, a well-known haunt of anybody who is a rugby fan going to the world-famous Stadium. The race itself was originally set up by the owners of the Cabbage Patch Pub and is almost as old as the world-famous London Marathon. It’s had some pretty significant winners too! Sir Mo Farah, no less, back in the day! One of the intriguing prizes at this event is the presentation of enormous cabbages to the winners, often with some fairly amazed looks on the athletes faces.
This is the seventh year that MDS UK is chosen as one of the charities and it’s our ‘signature’ event. This year we hope to raise enough money to keep running our services to MDS patients, as COVID has affected our finances badly, with our main fundraising events been cancelled during 2020.
We hope that we can encourage family members, if not the actual patients, to come along, support MDS UK and enjoy the day.
Russell Cook, who took part in the Cabbage Patch Race several times, and is ex-MDS Patient and Deputy Chairman Trustee & Director of MDS UK, told us:
The race starts in the centre of Twickenham and heads out towards Richmond with some very pleasant sections along by the river. It’s quite flat and fast which is probably why it appeals to so many club runners. Apart from the first half mile or so, where the runners pretty much take over the roads, most of the race is held on open roads and paths! Although I can testify that traffic is not really a problem!
There is a great vibe to this race, it’s very community orientated, and very popular with committed club runners as well as fun runners (and not forgetting old codgers like me….). And it’s extremely well organised, with an enormously enthusiastic and committed bunch of marshals urging the athletes...
What do our runners say?
Eva Boyd and Ken Pearson:
A fantastically well organised event with many supportive people and encouraging marshalls right round the course. The weather was pretty grim but it didn't spoil the race and finishing definitely felt like an achievement! It was a real privilege to be involved with MDS UK and we would both be more than happy to fundraise again for this wonderful charity.
Great cause to support. Warm reception from MDS Patient Support team, in the form of Sophie who seemed to be everywhere with her smile. Fantastic race atmosphere with runner camaraderie enroute and the singing at the end topping it all.
When a loved one was diagnosed with the rare disease MDS, a condition about which my family and I (and countless others) had previously not heard, it was difficult to know where to turn for information. In addition to the first-class care and support provided by the haematology unit at the University Hospital of Wales, we have found the information provided by MDS UK, through its patient handbook, newsletter and website, to be invaluable. The charity's work, both in promoting knowledge of MDS and in supporting patients and their families, is truly inspirational. I'd like to think that the funds I raise as a result of running the Cabbage Patch 10 will represent a small but helpful contribution to its ongoing efforts.
Most of the pics were taken by our dear Ian Trowbridge, who was able to get along to the Cabbage Patch 10 race in 2018 and take photos and support the runners, near Ham House. Thanks so much Ian!