Weather & turnout both great for Great Mis­senden Fun Run

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

NEARLY 1,500 run­ners pounded the pave­ments in the sun­shine in the Ger­rards Cross Fun Run 2016.

Young and old, many achiev­ing per­sonal bests, helped raise money for two wor­thy causes which or­gan­is­ers hope will top £35,000.

Win­ners of the schools com­pe­ti­tion to de­sign the logo for com­mu­nity clean-up ini­tia­tive Boost were also an­nounced, with prizes pre­sented by chair­man of the high­ways com­mit­tee Mike Law­son.

The win­ner was Lia PaaKerner from Year 7 and the run­ner-up was Is­abel Na­gle, Year 5, both pupils at St Mary’s School.

A new route this year avoided pinch points that had caused trou­ble be­fore and chip tim­ing - at the start and fin­ish - recorded ac­cu­rate times. Peo­ple took to East Com­mon af­ter­wards which was adorned with mar­quees and bunt­ing, with stalls run by sponsors, a hu­man fruit ma­chine at the Bull Ho­tel, a draw and tombola run by BP Collins and a bouncy slide run by Nunn Hay­ward. Nick Moss of Ni­cholas Moss Estate Agents ran a stall with a prize of af­ter­noon tea at Clive­den House. St James Church pro­vided about 60 helpers, Warn­ers the butch­ers of­fered food and the bar was drunk dry by rev­ellers.

The Ro­tary Club of Ger­rards Cross and Chal­font St Peter mar­shalled the course and had a well at­tended stall.

Sue Ha­trick, com­mit­tee chair­man, de­scribed the car­ni­val at­mos­phere on East Com­mon. She said: “All in all this was a very suc­cess­ful GX Fun Run. The at­mos­phere was just amaz­ing.

“Where else can you have thou­sands of peo­ple just en­joy­ing them­selves and hav­ing a great time? Well done Ger­rards Cross.”

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Joanne Lester said: “You won­der why we do this some­times but when on the day you look around and see the crowds, the run, the at­mos­phere, then you know that’s why we do it.”

Kids in Sport and Medical De­tec­tion Dogs are the cho­sen char­i­ties.

On your marks: Above, run­ners set off; be­low right, warm­ing up; be­low left, a real fam­ily af­fair and in­set, mum Jenny Wil­son takes a selfie with daugh­ter Chloe, 8 PIC­TURES: JON MIKOL BE160702

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