Hundreds of runners enjoy another successful year of the Clanfield Challenge
Hundreds of people gathered at South Lane Meadow in Clanfield in the later parts of last month to race one of five routes through the South Downs.
The Clanfield Challenge, which is now in its third year, has become renowned for its friendly, family orientated event with its tranquil and at times challenging routes through the countryside.
Runners had the choice to opt for a 1k, 2k, 12k or 20k route, with event organisers ensuring there was something for all abilities.
Rebecca Stephens MBE, who commenced the proceedings at this year’s race, as well as presenting the winners with their trophies, says it was encouraging to see large numbers of people at the event.
She said: “It is just extraordinary to see everyone out and enjoying themselves and it’s a lovely atmosphere.
“Such good work as well, we all know that mind and body is really important, so this encourages people to work at it and keep fit. I think it’s a wonderful movement, with a lot of effort put in by the organisers.”
Rebecca was the first British female to conquer Mount Everest 25-years-ago.
The organisers of the day; Clanfield Joggers, Serenity Digital, AdvanceSRM and the Walker Accounting Services aim to promote health and wellbeing for all, whilst raising cash for community projects.
Overall, more than £2,800 has been donated to local groups such as the Clanfield Junior School who were awarded £500 to cover the costs of installing a wheelchair accessible picnic bench for pupils.
Ken Finlay, who directed the race, says it was a wonderful day to see people take part in the challenge.
He said: “This event has been designed by the community, for the community and we hope it will continue to grow over the coming years and inspire more people to get outdoors, to enjoy the stunning local scenery and have fun whilst getting fit.”
For more information on the Clanfield Challenge, see www.clanfieldchallenge.co.uk