AFTER the dreadful weather last year, conditions were excellent for the Butser Hill Challenge on Sunday.
Demand was high with increased numbers in both the junior and senior races.
James Baker of Chichester Runners and Athletics Club managed to hold off good competition from Julian Manning of Denmead Striders to win in an excellent time of 31:38, while Polly Keen of Havant Athletics Club successfully defended her title by coming home in 37:16.
There were also lots of impressive times from juniors across the age range in the morning races.
Race organiser Alan Shons said: “My thanks go to all the entrants along with great work given freely by the teaching staff and parents. Also the day can never be a success without the continued support of the really enthusiastic officials, marshals and helpers.
“In a few weeks once all the sponsorship monies are in I hope to be able to present a sizeable cheque to Home-Start Butser from the event.
“Special mention should go to Churcher’s College, MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors and Fullers for their generous donations towards this very worthy cause.”
Marc Eaton, from Churcher’s College, said: “It was a great success and the weather was ideal for running. Dan Cox, the director of sport at Churcher’s, was the compere and everything ran smoothly.
“The junior event is massive and just keeps getting bigger and bigger. We had lots of entries from Churcher’s, Bedales and Ditcham Park but we would like more entries from state schools. We get lots of entries from junior schools, like Liss Junior School, but we don’t get many entries from secondary schools.
“This is a community family event for a good cause and hopefully we can have even more entries next year.”
Home-Start Butser senior organiser Nicola Winter said: “We don’t know total amount raised yet but in buckets alone there is £285. Last year I think £5,000 plus was raised and there were, apparently, a record number of runners.
“It was a great atmosphere, it’s always lovely to see so many schools and young children participating and receiving their medals before the whippet thin, older runners arrive! The weather was warm and still which helped.”
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Tuesday 10 December 2013
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