Boxing Day Fun Run

Boxing Day Fun Run 2019

Although the rain on Boxing Day managed to wet a good few running vests, it didn’t even come close to dampening the spirits of any of the runners, spectators and volunteers who turned out for the annual Fun Run, the race’s 38th outing.

This year, the Run started from the Village Hall where folk were able to enjoy a fortifying hot drink before venturing out. Hilary’s spiced apple cordial proved very popular and one bright soul added to it a splash of something from a hipflask; perhaps a technique more might follow next year?

Fittingly, the race was started by Dave Adcock who began the Fun Run tradition back in 1981 and did the organising for many years afterwards. This year, the event was run by a team from the village’s four charities (the Friends of Diseworth School, the Heritage Centre, the Friends of Diseworth Church and the Village Hall) and a magnificent total of £1,162.20 was raised, with each charity receiving £290.55.

Sincere thanks to the many people who took part by running, spectating, organising, volunteering and digging deep into their pockets. It is impossible to mention everyone but the organisers would particularly like to thank:

Our Platinum Sponsors: Martin of “Wired Wright”, Rob of “R.O. Steven” and the Parish Council;

Our Gold Sponsors: Mike and Julie Doyle, Rob and Hilary Kenney, Neil and Margaret Hassall, Chris and Julie Draycott;

All at The Plough;

Rev. Louise Corke for judging the Fancy Dress.

This was a wonderful team effort and we’re hoping to build on this success next year when the Fun Run will be bigger and better. Start training NOW!


The Winners

Under 11 (one lap)

1st: Thomas Brown

2nd: A.J. Barratt

3rd: Beth Clark

Under 16

1st: Ben Higginbottom

2nd: William Marshall

3rd: Freddie Kleijwegt


1st: Claire Jarram

2nd: Tracey Darley

3rd: Sophie Shatford


1st: Daniel Shatford

2nd: Richard Martin

3rd Sam Gartside

Fancy Dress

Nigel Jackson

Special mention goes to Sophie Ridler (aged 2) and her cousin Rory (aged 3) who walked and cycled round twice, and to Beau Briggs-Minton (aged 9) who ran the whole 2-mile course.