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This year's 25th anniversary Eden Valley 4Km Fun Run organized by the Rotary Club of Appleby took place on Sunday 1st July . Conditions on the day were overcast but dry so the 280 runners who took part had almost ideal weather for the event.
Appleby’s Deputy Mayor Andy Connell was present to fire the starting pistol and present the special 25th anniversary medals to all the runners who took part. The winners of the various special awards were as follows; First Junior Male and Female were; Robert Askew, (17min 47sec) and Sarah Atkinson (15min 52sec). The first Teenagers Male and Female were; Jack Oakley ( 14min 18sec) and Aisha Henderson ( 17m 41sec.). In the Adult section the first male and female runners back were; Edd Draper ( 13min 41sec) and Linda Johnstone ( 19min 2 sec) .
The Taylor family of Low Howgill, farm , Milburn, provided beef burgers for the runners and spectators and Brough Castle provided the ice creams with the South African cultural trip fund raisers also providing various refreshments.
The main sponsor for the event was British Gypsum, with the other sponsors being David Hayton Peugeot Dealer, Dodd & Co Accountants, Princess Foods provided the bottled water for the runners. Appleby Heritage Centre also provided support in the putting together of the various paperwork. Maurice Bailey has provided the public address system over most of the past 25yrs of the Fun Run, in addition the Bousefield Family of Holme Farm have allowed the runners to park their cars in the field next door to the school, a special thanks need to go to them and also to the Appleby Sports Centre.
Rotary members provided most of the support for the event with help from some Inner Wheel members and family and friends. It is hoped this years event will raise in the region of around £3,500-00 for Primary and secondary schools in the Eden Valley.
Rotary President Bob Earnshaw closed the event by saying “ The fun run has now been taking place for the past 25years and in that time has raised well over £100,000-00 for local schools, he thanked everyone who had helped make the event the success that it was”.