The Festival Run and its volunteers raise £11,000 for local charities !

January 3, 2017 by Lara Lucas

festival-run-2016-cheque-handover-1The Festival Run held two formal presentations of money raised by the 2016 Festival Run. The Run presented David Collins of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance with a cheque for £5,500, and a cheque for £5,500 to Andy Tilling of the Alzheimer's Society South West. Both expressed keen appreciation of the generosity of the 800 runners who had entered the Run.

Dave Collins said “This is the second largest cheque I have had the pleasure to receive on behalf of the Air Ambulance. It is heart warming to see the appreciation of the communities we serve with our emergency services”.

Andy Tilling said “We were delighted when the Run chose The Alzheimer's Society to share in the benefit from the runners’ entrance fees from the 2016 Run. We have a lively programme to support a sadly increasing number of sufferers locally such as ‘Singing for the Brain’. We will put your money to good use”.

The strong community spirit of Pilton was shown by the 100+ volunteers who marshalled the course, parked cars, handed out running numbers, baked and sold cakes, managed the start & finish and other important tasks for the 2016 Festival Run. Michael Eavis generously let us use his site and started the Runs.

The BBC and other media covered it, with many commenting on the happiness of the runners (despite the hills) and the extraordinary spirit that led 100+ people from a village of 800 to come together to organize the Run on a community basis, and to marshal it so successfully.

The enjoyment of the runners who came from all over the South West and as far away as London, Rugby and Coventry, can be seen in a few of the flood of social media comments they made afterwards –

We had such a fun day, beautiful weather, a challenging course and such great volunteers. Looking forward to next year already!”;  “So well organized, the marshals and volunteers did a brilliant job so a big thank you to them. I'll be back for the next one!” and “Loved my first running event (5k). Already looking forward to next year's. May even start training for the 10k" :"Thought everything was super organized and the marshals and all the volunteers did a fantastic job on the day”.