5k fun race was a run­away suc­cess

Thou­sands help to raise al­most £30,000 to boost three char­i­ties

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

VIL­LAGERS are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter rais­ing the amaz­ing sum of nearly £30,000 to help dif­fer­ent char­i­ties.

Par­tic­i­pants in the Ger­rards Cross Fun Run, which took place in May, as well as those who came along on the day, all con­trib­uted to raise the sum, which has been split be­tween three char­i­ties.

The event, which takes place in the vil­lage ev­ery two years, this year at­tracted 1,400 adult run­ners and be­tween 200 and 300 chil­dren.

On the day it­self it is es­ti­mated around 3,000 peo­ple came along to watch the 5km run and to en­joy the other attractions which were in place in the vil­lage on the day.

The Ger­rards Cross Fun Run or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee has now added up the to­tal raised by the day, which is so far about £28,500, although this is likely to rise once some prizes which were do­nated for a raf­fle are auc­tioned off later this year.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Sue Ha­trick, of Bul­strode Way, Ger­rards Cross, said: “We are re­ally pleased and amazed by it. To have raised that much money, and for so many peo­ple from the vil­lage and nearby to have come along and got in­volved is amaz­ing. “We are over­whelmed.” This year’s Fun Run was the eighth time the event has taken place, and for each event, or­gan­is­ers choose dif­fer­ent char­i­ties to ben­e­fit from it.

This time, the cho­sen char­i­ties were the Epilepsy So­ci­ety, based in Chal­font St Peter, Kids in Sport, a Bucks based char­ity which aims to give all young­sters the chance to get in­volved in sport, and Home Start, which pro­vides sup­port for vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies.

Mrs Ha­trick said: “There is noth­ing else like the fun run in Ger­rards Cross. It is com­pletely or­gan­ised by the res­i­dents.

“It is a proper com­mu­nity event, which is for any­one and every­one to get in­volved in. It is a very English event re­ally.

“It takes a lot of hard work to or­gan­ise, and takes about a year in to­tal, but to see so many peo­ple there on the day en­joy­ing it, to see the com­mu­nity com­ing to­gether, and then to see the char­i­ties ben­e­fit­ing – it is so re­ward­ing and makes you re­alise why you’ve done it.”

The next event will take place in May 2016, and de­tails will ap­pear at www.gx­fun­run.org.uk next year.

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