Valley challenge run raises thousands for Singleton Playschool

Runners taking part in the first leg of the new three peaks three pubs challenge at East Dean''Picture by Louise Adams C131304-1 Spt Cross Country Run
Runners taking part in the first leg of the new three peaks three pubs challenge at East Dean''Picture by Louise Adams C131304-1 Spt Cross Country Run

RUNNERS turned out in force to take part in a charity race around the hills and views of the Lavant Valley.

More than 60 runners took part in the first ever Valley Challenge race on Saturday to raise money for Singleton Playschool.

Organised by company Milestone Fitness, the event raised £2,000.

“We were absolutely delighted with how everything went on Saturday and so very grateful to the runners who turned out to blast those hills, and the marshals and spectators who were so important to the atmosphere of the race,” said Rachel Coates, chairman of Singleton Playschool management committee.

“Special thanks should also go to our very generous sponsors, IGas and Wests of East Dean, without whom we would not have raised such an incredible amount of money.”

Runners came from all over the country for the eight-mile race, and the first female to finish came from France. James Baker, from Chichester Runners, was the fastest male runner, completing the tough course in an incredible 46 minutes.

The organisers are already looking forward to planning next year’s race, and are hoping to set up a valley trust fund to benefit children across the Lavant Valley.