Thank you to our four Asics London 10k runners – there is still time to sponsor them!

Thank you very much indeed to the impressive team of four who ran to raise money for Cherry Lodge Cancer Care in the 2019 Virgin Sport Asics London 10k on Sunday 21st July. Running for us this year were: David Gross, Harshil Metha, Jatish Pindolia and Harsha Rathnayake. All of them have a link to Cherry Lodge through BNI (Business Network International) of which Yvonne Shield, CL’s Volunteer Coordinator, is also a member.

This iconic run through the streets of central London starts in Piccadilly, takes in landmarks including St James’s Palace, Trafalgar Square, Temple, Westminster Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, and ends in Whitehall. It is an exhilarating and rewarding experience for the 10,000+ runners and, with its street party atmosphere, a great day out for spectators.

There is still time to support Cherry Lodge by sponsoring our runners, either via Harshil or Jatish’s online fundraising pages (click on their names in blue, above) or please contact any of the runners directly or via Yvonne (phone on 020 8441 7000 or email

Harshil’s report

I completed the event in 1h 20min. It was one of the most painful things in my life because of two things.

1 I am not a runner

2 hindsight is a wonderful thing.  I really should have practised.

However, despite still being in pain 4 days after the event, I am proud to have raised £593 for a great cause.

Thank you to everyone who supported me, especially my wife Reena and our little baby boy, Kai!

Strangely this has inspired me for next year.

… and a few words from Harsha

I had an amazing time at Asics 10k run. I enjoyed every second of it and I am so glad that I could raise £230 for Cherry Lodge Cancer Care to help people going through their cancer journeys. Together we can make the world a better place for everyone. I am looking forward for the next event to raise even more funds for Cherry Lodge.

Click on the small images below to see larger, complete photographs. Our photos show David (photo 1), Harshil at the start (2), during the race (3) and at the end with Jatish (4), and then Harsha at various stages during the event (5-8).