Over 350 runners joined Olympic bronze judo medallist Karina Bryant at Sebastian’s Action Trust’s first ever Swinley Forest Run.
On Sunday 14th September, over 350 runners joined Olympic bronze judo medallist Karina Bryant at Sebastian’s Action Trust’s first ever Swinley Forest Run.
Bracknell’s Swinley Forest played host to the Queen’s Award winning charity’s first 5 and 10k run. The run, which was jointly-sponsored by Ascot based company Knight Frank and Unum, in Basingstoke saw over 350 runners take part in the challenging and demanding course.
The Olympic athlete got the race underway, setting off a group of canicrosser’s first, followed by the 5 and 10k runners. Karina welcomed and thanked participants saying “Thanks for all coming today to take part in Sebastian’s Action Trust’s first Swinley Forest Run.
The charity has come a long way in its first ten years, from one little boy’s dream of having a place where children with life-limiting illnesses and their families can go, the charity now runs the UK’s only family respite holiday home, The Bluebells. The charity provides emotional and practical support to families and has even launched a Family Services Outreach Hub in Slough where families can access much needed advice, information and support.
Having visited The Bluebells last month, I have seen at first-hand how your money will support and benefit local families with seriously ill children.
Finally, good luck today and we hope that you will join us again next year for our second annual run!”
Amongst the 350 runners were a group of 31 staff members from Bracknell and Wokingham College forming ‘Team Hollie’, raising money for the Trust in memory of Hollie Oxenham, who sadly passed away in April. Hollie’s mother, Louise Oxenham said, "Wow, what a fantastic day! Everyone was amazing and there was such a great atmosphere, I want to do it all again. Thank you so much to team Hollie, I love you all for doing this in our beautiful little girl's memory and for raising a massive amount for a charity that couldn't deserve it more". So far the team have raised just under £3,500 with donations still coming through".
A group of Canircoss runners also took part in Sunday’s event and expressed their enjoyment saying, "On behalf of all of the Canicross runners that attended the Swinley Run on Sunday. I would like to say a huge thank you for not just allowing us Canicrossers to take part in the event but for truly accommodating us. We appreciate that this was not a planned canicross event and Sebastian's Action Trust made us feel truly welcome. Both human and canine runners all had a fantastic time and we hope to be invited back next year!"
Hannah Lambart, Events Co-ordinator for Sebastian’s Action Trust stated, “We were delighted to see so many runners at our first Swinley Forest Run. The atmosphere from the participants and the spectators was amazing and really set the tone for the event. We would like to say a massive thank you to Karina for taking the time to not only start the runners off but also hand out a few medals at the end too. We are also very grateful to our sponsors Knight Frank and Unum”.
So far the event has made a fantastic amount of £8,000, seeing donations still coming in.