Remembering Matt Ratana


THIS YEAR’S EVENT HAS NOW FINISHED. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT TOOK PART. SEE YOU NEXT TIME!

PLEASE DIRECT ANY ENQUIRIES TO PAUL.HOLLIS@MET.POLICE.UK

Thanks for showing an interest in the Ratana 10k 2021, an event created in memory of my friend and colleague PS Matt Ratana who was tragically murdered on duty in September 2020.

Following Matt’s death I wanted to do something to show support to his partner, Su. As a keen runner (and the irony is not lost on me that Matt was not a keen runner) I decided to organise a virtual event, The Ratana 10k. I originally thought this would create an interest of around 300 runners and the planning began. The interest and support for the event exceeded all my expectations with over 2500 people wanting to enter!

With the support and hard work of my colleagues we managed to pull it off, shirts and medals were eventually all dispatched and people came together to get the event done. Some ran, some walked, and others cycled. Some people completed the distance across several days, others did several Ratana 10k runs! The Ratana 10k was not about getting PBs, it was about people coming out in support of Matt, and boy, did that happen. We raised an incredible amount of money (total still to be confirmed but in excess of £40,000) and we flooded social media with photos of our event, including celebrities proudly wearing Ratana 10k shirts and medals.

Following the success of last year I have been asked if I could make the Ratana 10k an annual event, so here we are again!

Ratana 10K 2021

This year’s event will take place in April 2021. As it is a virtual event you can complete it wherever and whenever you like anytime during the month of April.

My intention for this event is to involve the rugby community as rugby was Matt’s passion. I would like rugby clubs up and down the country to participate. I also have a personal mission to involve every Police force in the country.

The medal for the Ratana 10K 2021 features the Ratana Foundation logo as funds raised from this event will be split between the Foundation and Mat’s partner Su.

Along with the bespoke medal your entry fee also includes a technical T-shirt (or running vest). After the logistics issues experienced last year I am taking full advantage of the company that produced the fantastic shirts. Kustom clothing have created this website and are dealing with the admin.

There is again no profit from this event. All entry fees cover the shirts, medals and postage.

You can of course raise money as well and I have created a Just Giving page which you can share amongst your friends and family, let’s see how much we can raise together – https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ratana10k2021

There will be a Facebook and Instagram page for posting your pictures, full instructions will be included in your registration pack.

The first 2000 entrants will receive their medals and shirts together, subsequent entries will receive their medals after the delivery of shirts.

Thank you again for your continued support, I’m already excited for this year’s event.

Paul Hollis

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