Walk or Run raises over £4,000

May 12, 2015, 12:18 p.m.

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Treloar’s was delighted to host the St Swithun’s Way Walk and Run for a third year which saw just under 200 people participate and raise over £4,000 to help support the young disabled children who live and learn at Treloar’s. This is the highest amount raised in the event’s history to date!

Participants could pick whether they wanted to walk or run a 5-mile or 10-mile route along St Swithun’s Way, an ancient path once used by pilgrims travelling to Winchester which follows some of Hampshire’s most beautiful countryside paths. The first 5 miles from Holybourne to Bentley were mainly flat through meadows, woodland and pretty villages. The second half from Bentley to Farnham Park included a long hilly section with stunning views over the surrounding countryside for those looking for more of a challenge!

It was a fantastic day and despite the forecast promising heavy showers all week even the weather behaved itself and kept dry. The event attracted a range of supporters of all ages, both locally and some participants travelling from further afield to take part, along with a host of well-behaved dogs. The walkers set off first from Treloar’s campus followed shortly by the runners.

The 5 mile halfway point provided a popular stopping point once again with an array of hot drinks and delicious cakes kindly provided by Bentley Primary School. Those who completed the 10 mile challenge, despite the fact one of the directional arrows had been removed at the 9.3 mile mark, enjoyed a well-deserved bacon buttie from Farnham Park Café for their efforts. There were also refreshments points along route thanks to Hildon Water and Fyffes.

Community and Event fundraiser, Laura Toop said: “It was a pleasure to organise and to meet so many new people and returning supporters of Treloar’s. Big thanks to the team at Bentley Primary School who once again provided delicious refreshments, to Hildon Water who kept people hydrated on route and to Fyffes whose bananas kept everyone energised! “ She added: “Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who took part – your support makes a real difference; it enables our students to have a brighter more independent future. The St Swithun’s Way Walk & Run will definitely be returning next year bigger and better and we would love you to join us!”