A TEAM of funeral directors have managed to raise more than £2,000 for charity after smashing a gruelling 10km race.

Thirteen colleagues working for funeral directors Daniel Robinson and Sons were able to raise the cash for Isabel Hospice.

The team was made up of employees from six branches of the business.

Terry Wright and Sandy Maloy were representing the Halstead branch and took part with Louise Griffiths and Penny Ward from the Braintree branch.

The team raised the cash after taking part in the Ware 10K.

Overall, the team have raised a whopping £2,059 so far to support the Isabel Hospice charity in east Herts.

The charity provides free palliative care and support for patients and their families living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

Assistant funeral manager Louise said staff were always up for a challenge for a good cause.

She said: “A huge effort has been made over the last few weeks as the team members built up their running distances.

“For some of the team this was completely new and they have shown great dedication in training for the race.”

"There was quite a lot of nerves amongst the group as many of us had run 5km to 7km in training but not reached the target 10k, but the weather seemed to be on our side with a like drizzle to keep us cool.

"After the race we were glad to see we had all made it back and were there to cheer each other over the finish line.

"We have supported and encouraged each other throughout and it has been a real team effort."

Of the 13 runners, Terry finished second with an impressive time of just 54 minutes.

Halstead branch teammate Sandy was not far behind with a fourth place finish and a 63 minute time.

Crossing the line after 75 minutes, Louise finished eighth, while Braintree co-worker Penny finished in tenth with a time of 105 minutes.

Isabel Hospice’s fundraising co-ordinator Cheryl Cusack said: “We were absolutely thrilled to hear the team at Daniel Robinson and Sons had chosen to run in aid of Isabel Hospice.

“They have all shown great dedication to their training and achieved some fantastic results on the day.

“What’s more, every single penny they have raised will help fund our life-changing care, helping the Hospice to continue making a meaningful difference to the lives of those facing a life-limiting illness, end of life or bereavement.”

Following the race, the team are still hoping to raise more cash for the Isabel Hospice.

The goal is to continue to surpass the £2,000 barrier.

To donate, visit drobinson.co.uk/fundraising.