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September 27, 2017

Andrew Lodge Supports Alice Holt Races 2017

Around 400 runners of all ages took part in the annual Alice Holt Forest races on 23 September 2017, organised by Farnham Runners and supported by Andrew Lodge Estate Agents. The day involved an exciting 1k Fun Run for juniors aged 5 to 8, along with a 3k for those aged 9 to 12. There was also a challenging 5k and 10k course that many adults took part in. The weather was warm and dry for the entire event, making the conditions ideal for the participants.

For the fifth year Andrew Lodge Estate Agents were proud sponsors and we enjoyed cheering the runners on at the start and finish point on the day. We handed out balloons to the younger participants and met with organisers and runners. Andrew Lodge presented the results for the 5km and 10km and awarded winners medals.

Grant Walters, Director at Andrew Lodge Estate Agents, commented: “There was a great atmosphere at the races and it was brilliant to see so many families, running groups and clubs taking part. We support the event year-on-year as it such a great family friendly event and it encourages our local community to get active and enjoy our countryside. It was so well organised and everyone involved had a fantastic time.”

Claire Allaker, who represented Andrew Lodge in the 10k said: “The course was challenging, but it was fantastic to race around the woodland trails and to take in the scenery at Alice Holt Forest. The event was well organised by Farnham Runners and the marshals provided support and encouragement along the way. The atmosphere was great and it made a fun day out. I really recommend this event to anyone who likes a woodland run, it is one of the best.”

Meanwhile Ethan Allaker, aged 6, ran the Fun Run and said: “I love it and I kept going even though it wasn’t easy. I would like to run the 3k next year.”

Alex Henderson-McClane the Forestry Commission Active Forest Coordinator at Alice Holt Forest said “We were delighted to host the Farnham 1011km race again this year. It fits perfectly with our goal of encouraging more people of all ages and abilities to get active in the forest to improve their health and wellbeing. We are introducing various initiatives and events to help people adopt a sporting habit for life. The partnership we have with Farnham Runners is one we hope to grow and nurture for many years.”

Race director Craig Tate-Grimes worked tirelessly over many months to organise the event, along with the invaluable support of a large number of Farnham Runners members and supporters. Many gave up their own chance of running to marshal or officiate on the day. It was a huge club effort and all the work was rewarded as everything went according to plan.



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