VIEW FROM THE HOUSE
ON Sunday, May 22 I joined more than 1.250 runners for the 2016 Gerrards Cross Fun Run, which I learned is the town’s largest fundraising event. With runners as young as eight years old taking part, it is very inclusive. Those who cannot run can still take part, walking the 5km route, and I understand that some families can bring their very youngest members, travelling by pushchair.
Others may be accompanied by the family dog! This year there were races for children aged from four to nine, with children being able to enter on the day itself: a good way to encourage those who want to join in the fun. This event brings together far more people than the ones who take part, because of the day of activities which surround it, on the East Common. The enthusiastic support of the crowd means a lot to participants. There is always entertainment aimed at the families who attend throughout the day. An event like this is a tribute to the organisers, who will already be preparing for the 2017 run. Permissions have to be arranged for road closures, invitations sent out to guests like Adrian Morehouse (the Olympic swimmer making this year’s opening speech), generous sponsors persuaded to give the event their backing. That is before all the work involved as the registration of runners begins.
Like so many events it depends on community volunteers, without whom it simply could not happen. Whatever they do, they are giving to the community.
The good causes supported this year are Medical Detection Dogs; the Elizabeth Voaden Foundation which is a cancer charity based in the South East; and Kids in Sport, which is based locally at Saunderton, so that help is focused on young people locally. In the past they have helped 400 children in care in Buckinghamshire to take part in sports activities. The week prior to the Fun Run saw forthcoming parliamentary legislation announced to help the life chances of children in care –something with which people from Gerrards Cross have already been involved.