Weather & turnout both great for Great Missenden Fun Run
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