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Ricky Road Run fundraiser to top £300k for charity in 30th year

More than 500 people are to take to the streets of Rickmansworth in what is set to be the biggest Ricky Road Run yet, in a bid to push the amount raised for charity over a 30 year period to more than £300,000.

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17 Oct 2013

The race, which is being organised by Affinity Water on Sunday 27 October, covers 10 miles of road in Chorleywood and Rickmansworth.

Sophia Mountford, Technical Graduate at Affinity Water, said: "We're really hoping to build on the success of last year's event and raise over £30,000 for this 30th anniversary year, which will go towards WaterAid, Watford New Hope Trust and KitAid.

"Water is a basic human right, yet today 768 million people lack access to safe clean water. We are incredibly proud to be able to support the work that WaterAid does each year in providing safe water, sanitation and improved hygiene.

"Reaching the 30th anniversary of the event this year is a real milestone, and we're delighted to have built up such a longstanding relationship with WaterAid which we're excited to continue with into the future."

The Ricky Road Run was founded in 1984 as part of the centenary for what was then known as Rickmansworth Water Company. It has been organised by the water company every year since, and is now run by graduates on the company's training programme.

Over the past 29 years, it has raised £280,000 for WaterAid and many different local charities.

Harriet De Bene, WaterAid's Water Industry Partnerships Manager South East, said: "The Ricky Road Run is the longest running event in aid of WaterAid, and we're extremely grateful to Affinity Water for ensuring its success year after year.

"Over the past 30 years, we have helped millions of people achieve access to clean, safe water and improved sanitation, and we could not have done this without the support of water companies and their employees.

"As we work towards a world where everyone, everywhere has access to these basic necessities, fundraising events such as the Ricky Road Run can help make a huge difference to some of the poorest communities we work with."

People are still invited to sign up to run or support at the event by helping with marshaling on the day.