StepUp4Good 2017

The start of the 10K, Step Up 4 Good 2017Last October, on a dry and bright sunny morning, we were overwhelmed when over 800 family fun runners and athletes descended on the Common to complete our second StepUp4Good event, to raise money for local community projects.

After registering 80 last-minute runners, who signed up on the day, it was a frantic effort to get everyone to the start line on time.
 
Supported and organised by Greenham Trust CEO Chris Boulton welcomed the crowds to the event and with the sound of the first horn blasting, the excited Mini Mile runners were under way.
 
Securing first place was John Youd, who took the title of Mini Mile winner in an impressive 7 minutes and 9 seconds.

Soon the 5k and 10k runners were huddled at the starting line, poised and ready to achieve some personal bests, on the renowned, flat multi-terrain course.

It was a close call for the 5k race, where Simon Jell and Dale Mahoney battled it out for 1st place. Simon crossed the line first and took the title in 18 minutes and 20 seconds, his efforts were loudly applauded by the crowds waiting at the finish line.
 
Matthew Green completed the 10k course in a phenomenal 34 minutes and 31 seconds to take first place. Our fastest female was Amber Gascoigne, with an amazing 39 minutes and 16 seconds. It’s great to see such competitive athletes attending the race.

Of the 800 runners attending, we received a large amount of support and social media exposure in fundraising for our various charities on thegoodexchange.com.

Greenham Trust Chief Executive Chris Boulton said: Thankfully we had the weather on our side today, and the additional entries on the day were unprecedented. It’s great to see so many families and athletes enjoying this wonderful event. We must thank race director Chris Sumner and his team for creating four great race courses, our food providers and charities within the race village and MSS for keeping everyone safe. Finally a huge thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers, who helped make the event happen.

Those who took part in Step Up 4 Good can see photographs of the day at https://www.flickr.com/photos/137576927@N04/sets/72157661609564038.

Runners can find their official results at www.chipresults.co.uk http://results.sporthive.com/events/6325296811831192576

After completing the Mini Mile race, Kath from Ladybirds, Newbury told us “The event was well organised, the children loved getting their chips and t-shirts, which made them feel like proper runners. We will be making StepUp4Good a regular fixture on our calendar, and look forward to the next event”.