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Fun Run / Walk

The annual Hagbourne Fun Run and Walk is on Bank Holiday Monday, May 1st. Since 1990 this event has raised over £33,000 for cancer charities, and a further £6,000 for the Village Fund which supports local good causes and projects.
Starting at East Hagbourne Village Hall, the course is just under four and a half miles over country footpaths via Upton and Blewbury.
A wide range of people take part, from novices to serious runners, with many who run just once a year and try to beat their previous best! There are trophies for classes from Under-9's to Veterans, and this year a Fancy Dress prize too, all generously sponsored by the Fleur de Lys.
If you don't fancy running, you can still enjoy the walk and the hot-dogs, home-made cakes and other refreshments. Runner entry is £4 for adults, and 50p for children under 16: walkers pay £3 / 50p. Registration is between 9.30 and 10.45am, with an 11am start. For more information, or if you could volunteer as a helper, ring 01235 814892. An entry form is available here, which can be completed and handed in on the day of the Fun Run and Walk.
 

The 2016 Hagbourne Fun Run was once again a great event, and the Committee have received loads of complimentary feedback.  It seemed like everyone from the village was there or working behind the scenes.  Thanks to all the participants, all the many helpers, and to our sponsors The Fleur-de-Lys. We will be publishing a full report in a week or two, when we have had time to finalise details of amounts raised for our two charities, Cancer Research UK and the East & West Hagbourne Village Fund – all of the Committee have full-time jobs, so we need a bit of time to catch our breath! This year was a pilot for our new electronic results system, so we have delayed the full list of times until we had double-checked them.  There may be one or two glitches we haven’t ironed out (for example where the entry forms were unclear), but we hope next year will be even better.

Full results for 2016 are available here.

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The annual Hagbourne Fun Run and Walk is on Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd May, 2016. Since 1990 this event has raised over £30,000 for cancer charities, and a further £5,000 for the Village Fund which supports local good causes and projects. 
Starting at East Hagbourne Village Hall, the course is just under four and a half miles over country footpaths via Upton and Blewbury.  
A wide range of people take part, from novices to serious runners, with many who run just once a year and try to beat their previous best! There are trophies for classes from Under-9's to Veterans,
and this year a Fancy Dress prize too, all generously sponsored by the Fleur de Lys.  
If you don't fancy running, you can still enjoy the walk and the hot-dogs, home-made cakes and other refreshments. Entry is £3 for adults, and 50p for children under 16. Registration is between 9.30 and 10.45am, with an 11am start.  For more information, ring 01235 814892. 
 
25th Hagbourne Fun Run and Walk 2015!

What a fantastic year for the 25th Hagbourne Fun Run! Although we had allowed for more people than ever participating, we were surprised by an unprecedented 25% increase in runners!  We ran out of entry forms, children’s certificates, cakes and hot dogs: apologies to those who had to write their own forms, wait longer than usual for results, or if you missed out on lunch!  We nevertheless had many compliments on the organisation of the event, including some from experienced runners who said we compared favourably with other cross-country runs.
After our appeal in this magazine for more marshalls and other help, we had lots of offers:  a huge thank you to all helpers, old and new.  We hope you all enjoyed the day, busy though it was, and that you will all want to assist us again next year. Congratulations also to the catering team for a slick and cheerful operation, which raised much more than ever before. The Fun Run would not happen without a large number of volunteers on the day, and a dedicated committee of six who will meet in June to wind up the 2015 event, and will be back together in October to start thinking about 2016*. We must also say a huge thank you to Darren and Ruth Sargison at the Fleur de Lys for their generous sponsorship of the event.
Hagbourne Fun Run and Walk is one of the great village events of the year.  People join in for all sorts of reasons: to compete, to get fit, to encourage children to exercise, to take part in something that is suitable for the whole family (including the dog), for the social buzz, and – last, but not least - to raise money for Cancer Research and the Village Fund.  With a few loose ends still to tie up, it looks like we have raised about £1400, which is certainly something for our villages to be proud of.
In the last year the Village Fund has donated an AED (defibrillator) to East Hagbourne (located in the pub foyer, and accessible at all times), and a special housing for the new West Hagbourne AED (in the old phone box by the bus stop).  
And so to the trophy winners.  It was a very competitive race, with lots of close results.  Congratulations to Ben Claridge, the overall winner (for the second year running) in a time of 26mins 48sec.  Special mention  to Tim Hughes, a close second at 62 (and a half!) years of age, and to Riley Monaghan who won the Under 9 Boy trophy at only 5 years old.

The winners in each of the ten running categories*:-
Male                    Ben Claridge                                            
Female                 Georgie Pennington (40th overall)
Man over 40      Tim Hughes  (2nd overall)                        
Female over 35    Claire Adams (45th overall)
Local male          Alex Pennington (6th overall)       
Local female         Julia Pennington (54th overall)                
Boy under 16     Jack Shayler (3rd overall)       
Girl under 16        Katherine Harris (42nd overall)     
Boy under 12     Tristan Harper (  overall)       
Girl under 12        Amelia Revells-Wilson (53rd overall)
Boy under 9       Riley Monaghan (96th overall)    
Girl under 9         Emily Gunatilleke (166th overall)

*Only one trophy is allowed per person, and there is an award hierarchy.
The Chairman’s Prize, a special trophy only given in exceptional circumstances, was awarded to Josh Hedger who came to tell us after the results were posted that he was sure another boy had beaten him in the Under 12 category and should therefore get the trophy instead of him. Great to see such honesty and fair play.
Jane Chambers
Hagbourne Fun Run Committee

*We are looking for committee members from West Hagbourne: contact Trevor on 01235 814892 if you are interested.

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