Tarrant Valley charity run roaring success
The quintessential English village of Tarrant Monkton just outside Blandford put on its running shoes for the 30th anniversary of its popular annual 10km run the Tarrant Valley 10 (TV10) as hundreds turned out for the Blanchards Bailey sponsored event.
The peaceful village was transformed last Sunday as people of all ages and abilities took part in the charity run set in the glorious Cranborne Chase - with £3,300 raised. The money will be split equally between Epilepsy Action, Dorset Action on Abuse and Tarrant Monkton and Launceston Village Hall.
The TV10 started in the heart of the village outside The Langton Arms pub as runners made their way on roads, bridleways and farm tracks before finishing back outside the pub.
Spectators cheered on runners - made up of people from local clubs, villages and companies, including nine people for the Blanchards Bailey team - who battled the sticky conditions and challenging terrain to finish the race before relaxing with a well deserved drink.
There was plenty of entertainment with a barbecue, raffle and variety of stalls including ice cream and local craft and produce. The Langton Arms was a hub of activity with it serving liquid refreshments and lunch, while the village hall provided delicious cream teas throughout the afternoon. There was also a children’s one mile fun run.
The roaring success of the event was shown by the strong turn out with nearly 300 entries - beating last year’s total of 170 - as the occasion continues to grow in popularity since starting in 1985. During that time, nearly £35,000 has been raised for many national and Dorset-based charities.
Race Director, Andy Eastaugh, said: “It was amazing to watch our peaceful village put on its running shoes and play host to a few hundred athletes and spectators to raise money for charity. The event was so well supported by the community and was also helped considerably by Blanchards Bailey with its kind sponsorship as well as for having some of its staff run on a humid day.
“The race route has enough challenges to make it interesting for the better athletes whilst being manageable for the novice as well as being incredibly beautiful. It has become more popular over the years as it has become known to more local running clubs which treat it as a summer championship race.”
Blanchards Bailey Principal and Head of Commercial Services, Sarah Heath, said: “The whole occasion was a great success with people from the village and beyond turning out to support this fun and rewarding race that raises much needed funds for worthy charities.
“There was incredible community spirit from those in the race as people of all abilities took on the undulating yet beautiful course. Making it over the finishing line and enjoying the refreshments and entertainment was especially enjoyable.”