Thousands raised by runners at Valley Challenge

Runners at the start of the race
Runners at the start of the race

The fourth annual Tod Anstee Valley Challenge was bigger than ever this year, with a record breaking 160 racers.

This increasingly popular 8 mile run through the Lavant Valley and the tracks and trails of the Goodwood Estate is now a firm favourite on the local race calendar and is gaining a good reputation for a stunningly scenic route and its friendly family atmosphere.

All local running clubs were represented, with a large group of Cannicross runners who run with their dogs.

The first place male runner was Andy Simpson, who has a time of 49 minutes and the fastest female was Kim Lo, who completed the race in 59 minutes.

The race raises money for Singleton Primary School and this year, with generous sponsorship from Chichester based Estate Agency Tod Anstee, the total raised was in excess of £3,000, which brings the total raised in the history of the event to over £12,000.

Chris Todd, head teacher of Singleton Primary School, said: “We are so grateful to everyone who took part, and particularly to our sponsors Tod Anstee, for another successful race! And to all the local people who made it such a success yet again”.

Previous monies raised by the Tod Anstee Valley Challenge have gone towards funding an outdoor classroom and outdoor play equipment.

Good friends for many years in London and West Sussex, Sam Tod and John Anstee created Tod Anstee LLP in 2009.

The ambition was to create a trustworthy market leading family firm being both personable and bolder.

Tod Anstee are pleased to announce that they will be merging with Hancock this autumn and will be known as Tod Anstee Hancock.

Reviews from runners were also very positive.

David Skidmore said: “Amazing event, organisation, marshals and cake 10/10”, while Isabel said: “Lovely run and fabulous views”.

Veteran challenger Laura Carter added: “Fantastic run, will definitely be back again next year”.

The organisers would like to offer heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped with the race, marshalled and baked – it would be impossible to keep going without the support of local people.

Special thanks goes to local pubs The Fox Goes Free and The Star and Garter, Goodwood for moving livestock, Chichester Athletics Club for the loan of their equipment and to SJC Property Maintenance for creating the new race start gantry.

The race will be back again next September.

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