Saturday, 16 December 2017

TV presenter and tumbling tots at charity fun run

TELEVISION presenter Matt Allwright was guest of honour at a fun run in Wargrave.

TELEVISION presenter Matt Allwright was guest of honour at a fun run in Wargrave.

The host of BBC 1’s Rogue Traders officially started the races at the Twyford Village Partnership’s charity family fun run, which took place at the Piggott School on Sunday.

Allwright went to school with Jasper Holmes, whose wife, Jane, founded the charity Building for the Future, a beneficiary of the event.

He said: “It is nice to see so many people coming out on a Sunday to help some important charities that make a difference to people who can get overlooked — and having lots of fun.”

More than 500 people turned up for the six races, which included a 100-yard toddle for pre-school children and a fancy dress race for adults, which was won by staff from Hare Hatch Sheeplands, who dressed as reindeer and penguins.

St Mary’s Church cancelled its morning service so members of the congregation could attend. The church served tea and cake during the afternoon, while other refreshments were provided by the scouts and the school’s parent teacher association.

Fun run organiser Gordon Storey said: “It was fantastic. Matt was brilliant — he talked to lots of competitors and had photographs taken. He’s a really nice guy and got it off to a great start.

“The toddlers’ race was very funny with the kids falling over and mums running along with them. There was a huge scrum at the end with toddlers looking for their medals.”

Mr Storey hopes to have bettered the £3,500 raised at the inaugural event last year. The money will go to Daisy’s Dream, Building for the Future, Age Concern, Camp Mohawk and the Piggott School.

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