Record-breaking crowds at Thurston Fun Run raise nearly £3,000

Thurston Fun Run.              FL; ANL-150405-205257009
Thurston Fun Run. FL; ANL-150405-205257009

A fun run in Thurston attracted a record 270 people who helped raise nearly £3,000 - an equally ground-breaking sum for the annual event.

Runners from the ages of six to 70-plus put their best foot forward for a 3k and 10k lap around the village and beyond with one participant even running with her dog.

Thurston Fun Run.              FL; The first 3 in the 10k. Kevin Vaungh(2), Thomas White (1), Jack Mason (3). ANL-150405-204526009

Thurston Fun Run. FL; The first 3 in the 10k. Kevin Vaungh(2), Thomas White (1), Jack Mason (3). ANL-150405-204526009

Organisers Dennis Whiting, Peter Skoyles, Andy Cawdell and Doug Levey hold the event in aid of new sports facilities for the village and so far they have raised nearly £12,000.

Mr Whiting said: “It went extremely well and had some really good feedback - the course is great and everybody was just generally happy.

“It’s growing each year. The first year we had just under 100 and it was purely villagers so its tripled in size.”

Thurston Parish Council is compiling a local plan for the village for the next 10 to 15 years and Mr Whiting said they will work with the council to introduce new sports facilities.

Every runner received a medal with awards for first male, female and Thurston resident.

Mr Whiting thanked sponsors Knights Lowe.

A spring fayre, fun fair and barbecue was also due to be held as well as an evening barn dance and hog roast as part of the New Green Centre’s 25th anniversary celebrations.