More than 200 people – from toddlers through to senior citizens – joined the BAPS Annual 10k Challenge in Leicester on Sunday 7 May 2017.

The charity Challenge brought together more than 3,000 enthusiastic participants from towns and cities across the UK for a fun and healthy way to raise money for various worthy causes and local charities.

The funds from this year’s event in Leicester will go towards BAPS’s multifarious educational, community and spiritual activities serving children, youths, families and the elderly. Some of the funds this year, will also be donated to BAP's national charity partner Alzheimer’s Society, one of the country’s largest charities fighting dementia.

Previous national partners for BAPS and BAPS Charities have included Age UK, the Anthony Nolan Trust, Barnardo’s, Breast Cancer Care, the British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK, KIDS, and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The event kicked off shortly after 10am from BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir on Gypsy Lane.

After the opening ceremony, walkers, joggers and runners moved along the route, which took them through the City Centre and then back down through the Golden Mile, eventually returning to the Mandir through Rushey Mead.

One of the lead volunteers for the event, Darshan Patel, added, “It is wonderful to see so many families taking part in this annual event. Their dedication to come out on a Sunday to support these worthy causes makes this event such a success.”

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