Stevenage runner wins Roaring Meg Community Heroes award for Race for Life backing – but do you know someone deserving too?

Roaring Meg Community Heroes winner Paul Holgate from Stevenage.

Roaring Meg Community Heroes winner Paul Holgate from Stevenage. - Credit: Archant

A runner who has helped the annual Stevenage Race for Life event raise more than £1.8 million for Cancer Research UK in less than a decade has been given his own cash surprise in recognition of his achievements.

Comet Community Heroes Logo 2016

Comet Community Heroes Logo 2016 - Credit: Archant

Paul Holgate has been chosen as the latest monthly winner of the Roaring Meg Community Heroes initiative, which seeks to highlight unsung pillars of the community with a £100 cheque.

The 58-year-old from Stevenage – alongside fellow members of running club Fairlands Valley Spartans – designed the first 5km course round Fairlands Valley Park in the town in 2007, and the event has gone from strength to strength ever since.

Paul was nominated for the heroes award, backed by the Comet, by the charity’s Rachel Parratt and Courtney Culverhouse, before being chosen as the winner by judges from the Monkswood Way-based retail park.

Afterwards, he said: “The award is a lovely surprise, although it is Fairlands Valley Spartans running club as a whole who deserve the recognition rather than just myself.”

To nominate someone for the next monthly award – which ties in with the annual Comet Community Awards being held in May next year, email explaining why they deserve to win.