Almost 300 people took part in the wettest event in the history of the Hartley Wintney Fun Run
Sporty families braved the dismal weather to take part in this year’s rain-soaked Hartley Wintney Fun Run.
A total of 290 people, just five short of last year’s record sun-kissed entry, ran on October 13 – the wettest event in its eight-year history.
“It really shows the backbone of the local community that such a rainy day could not dampen their spirits,” said Andy Shaw, who helped organise the event with fellow local dads Dom Wake and Tom Marcheselli.
“We raised just shy of £2,000, which is a record this year. The money will be used to support local good causes with a focus on children, activity and sport.”
Mr Shaw thanked spectators and key sponsors Barratt Homes and Bates Solicitors, along with the ‘great support’ from Hartley Wintney Butchers, St John’s Church youth group, Hartley Wintney Parish Council, Hartley Wintney Football Club, Greenfields School, 4th Bramshill Scout Group, the Hartley Wintney Twinning Association and all the race marshals.
“There were so many great volunteers, too many to mention and they’re all too modest.
“In total we had 45 great people of Hartley Wintney to help make it happen.”
Mr Shaw said the event, held at Greenfields Junior School, would forever go down in history as the one “where it rained all day and we all turned up regardless and had a great day’s running, fun and high spirits”.
He added: “Every child who took part won a medal and left with a beaming smile, despite the rain, so well done to all the boys and girls that took part with grit and determination.
“It’s a great event that inspires all of the children to be healthy, keep fit, take part and be involved in a community.
“It brought smiles to so many faces, children and parents alike.”