Downlands Dash raises over £3000!
More than 130 runners took part in the Downlands Dash 2017, to raise money for Compton Primary School.
In it’s 3rd year, the challenging 10 km race attracted runners from all over the south of England to come and run through the beautiful downland’s countryside. There was also the “fun run” distance of 3.6km which attracts local young runners, making it a competitive event.
Course records smashed
This year, with ideal running conditions, all the course records were broken.
10 km Women’s Winner: Jessica Franklin, Newbury Athletics Club 41:51
10 km Men’s Winner: Matthew King, 36:31
Fun Run Women: Susan Francis, Compton Harriers, 16:25
Fun Run Men: Sebastian Lawton, Abingdon AC, 15:13
Great atmosphere, friendly volunteers
“Team Dash would like to say a big thank you to all of our sponsors, supporters and volunteers that make the Dash such a special event. It shows how a village can pull together to produce something special, something to be proud of.”
Team Dash would like to thank
- All the parents, teachers, friends and family who marshalled, cheered, served burgers and beer, lent equipment and baked cakes.
- Baxters and Davis Tate for their continued support of the event and Vodafone for match funding.
- Nuffield Health for providing the runners goodie bags and helping the runners to warm up and cool down.
- Compton Village Hall for the PA system and Compton Scout Group for the event tents.
- Rachel Chandler, for her expertise and talent, offering sports massage and assessments.
- Dick Kearn, for his help and guidance and the Compton Harriers helping to marshal and for the signs, banners and equipment.
- Gary Dargan and George Barrie our first aid team
- Barbara Weymouth-Wilson who baked 130 flapjacks! Jason Twigger, Inner Circle Catering, for BBQ. Drew Martin and the Page family for loaning BBQs.
- Compton Village Shop for providing a prize.
- The Downs School for allowing us to use their school to host the event.
The money raised will go towards purchasing new outdoor games equipment, new sand and a cover for the sand pit and library improvements. Kate Howarth, Chair of Friends of Compton Primary School said, “Thank you to all involved in the event and to the runners who came. Your continued support helps us to improve facilities at the school.”