Wanborough Fun Run was born in 2004 when a group of parents with children all at Playgroup
wanted to put on an event that was focused on the community, and also raised funds for charity. Three of these parents thought running was fun, the other parent was tolerant and saw that it possibly could be!
The first year the event was run off road and was supported by an extraordinary variety of groups in the village who volunteered their time to help marshal the event, put up gazebos, sell cakes and cook burgers. The result was that about 100 adults and children took part. The first run covered two miles and most of the runners were still smiling at the end.
As with many events the fun run event has adapted and evolved over time. The day now incorporates shorter races, games, and a medium length woodland run for our younger residents, as well as the main Fun Run course that is open to all ages. The organisers work very closely with the Primary School, helping to organise a running club before the event, to help get the children race fit and their parents involved. The result is that we have children as young as 4 or 5 running the whole 2-mile course. Often over half our runners are children.
The day commences with the short races for children from preschool upwards. These short races and games are a warm up for the main event and allow our younger runners the chance to take part in a safe way. The distances run depend upon age and take place around the perimeter of the cricket pitch at Hooper's Field
. The main race now incorporates the main and side roads around Lower Wanborough, starting at Hoopers Field. The race takes in Rotten Row, Magdalen Road and The High Street before returning along Rotton Row to Hoopers Field. Runners complete 2 laps of the village then finish with a lap of the cricket pitch on Hooper's Field
before they cross the finish line.
The Fun Run is still going strong today with the original aim to support smaller, local causes. Its success is thanks to the support of volunteers and the original four parents, all of whom now have adult children. If you would like to take part in the next run you can sign up in advance at the School Fete
or on the day at Hooper's Field