5k fun race was a runaway success
Thousands help to raise almost £30,000 to boost three charities
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.