What a fantastic day and turnout we had for our first ever Woodland Running Event on Sunday 17th September! . Here is a selection of some of our photos from the day, we will likely be sharing a few more in the coming days, if you have photos you would like to share, please send them to Editor@tarvinOnline.org.
We were so lucky with the weather. A lot of hard work went into the planning and setup on the day for which we are very grateful to all of the Volunteers and Marshalls. We took safety very seriously and made sure that as many hazards were removed beforehand -- although it is a Woodland Trail and nature can still trip you up. Marshalls were always at close hand to direct and St John Ambulance were there in case of injury. Thank you to all of the Woodland Volunteers too who worked so hard in the weeks beforehand in getting the course ready.
Our Community turned out in good numbers and online pre-registrations before the day were very encouraging. Runners collected their running vest numbers before each run and this meant that their names could be called out as they ran past. The atmosphere near the Start/Finish was brilliant and all of the stallholders added a great backdrop. What a delicious range of food and drinks was on offer. Our Master of Ceremonies kept everyone organised and well informed.
The first event at 10:00am was a distance of just under 5km and was won in a very fast time of 17 minutes!
1st place Jonathan Girvan
2nd Place Alex Hall
3rd Place Daniel Walker
Dave Cooper, Managing Director of Tarvin Precision, our main sponsor, presented the trophies.
Then it was the Infants' turn at 11:20 to run just under 1km and they took off very quickly indeed!
Our final event of the morning was the Juniors' Run of just under 2km and, once again, everyone left the start very enthusiastically -- almost jumping the sound of the starting air horn!
The first 3 home in each event received a trophy made from Welsh slate. Everyone who took part in each of the 3 running distances received an attractive and sustainable log slice medal with the Tarvin Community Woodland Run logo stamped on.
It was lovely to hear that some Tarvin Primary School Pupils had proudly taken their medals into School the day after -- what a great advert for next year's event!
With much help on hand the Woodland was quickly restored to normal and the aim of running an enjoyable and sustainable event in our much loved Woodland had been achieved.
Many thanks to our sponsors and donors who helped us to fully finance such a wonderful event. 1st Tarvin Scouts did a fantastic job of delivering all the leaflets promoting the event and provided much needed water for runners at the end of the race!
If any of our runners have any sponsorship monies to transfer, or if anyone else would like to make a one off donation towards our fundraising, this can be done at www.justgiving.com/campaign/tarvincommunitywoodlandrun23 http://www.justgiving.com/campaign/tarvincommunitywoodlandrun23
Constructive feedback is also welcomed and this can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much to everyone who took part, or volunteered, and for helping to spread the word so that next year's event will be even more successful. Thank you too to the many dog walkers and horse riders who changed their schedules to avoid the Woodland whilst the event was in progress.
From all at the Tarvin Community Woodland Run Organising Team and the Tarvin Community Woodland Trustees
Ed: from my point of view as an active participant, I was thoroughly impressed with the organisation of the event, the Website made it easy to register and understand the route and schedule, the preparation of the woodlands for the event was superb, the registration process on the day was very professional and the support from the organisers, marshalls and other locals who encouraged us all was really quite remarkable even a little emotional – our village regularly punches well above it's weight.