We couldn’t have wished for better weather as Sunday began with bright blue skies. What a way to start the 10th anniversary of Over Day Centre’s biggest annual fundraiser!
First to register were the Meridian Meander entrants, arriving at the Day Centre at 8.00am. Many take part in the walk/run year after year travelling from all over England (Wolverhampton, London, Manchester, Norwich…). We’ve even had entrants from Italy and Sweden. Their’s is the longer route of either 18 or 22 miles with checkpoints along the way offering free refreshments and snacks.
The Five Pub Challenge, at just over 12 miles, is a more leisurely affair which attracts families with children. Instead of checkpoints, participants mark their route by visiting five local pubs: The Pike & Eel in Needingworth, The Ferry Boat in Holywell, The Three Tuns in Fen Drayton, The White Horse in Swavesey and, this year, The Over Community Centre. Each of the pubs offers an opportunity to take a breather, as well as enjoy the following free treats; beginning with soup and a roll at Holywell, followed by a cone of chips at Fen Drayton, a choc ice in Swavesey, and finishing with a selection of homemade cakes in Over. As one participant said: “It’s not really a walk, so much as a pub crawl. AND WHAT A BRILLIANT DAY OUT!”
It’s great for the Day Centre to see the same people choosing to support the event. But it’s just as wonderful to see new faces! Thank you to everyone who participated in the walk(s). WE ESTIMATE THE FINAL TOTAL RAISED TO BE AROUND £4680. (Subject to further donations).
OUR SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING
The Five Pub Challenge Team:
Amanda Monks, Allison Box, Dan Monks, Darryl Box, Cee Symons, Mark Symons, Malcolm Turnbull, David Barker, Sally Smart, Bill Handley, Sally Hunt, Ralph Percival.
The Staff of our Five (wonderful) Pubs:
The Pike and Eel in Needingworth, The Ferryboat in Holywell, The Three Tuns in Fen Drayton, The White Horse in Swavesey, The Over Community Centre in Over.
Everyone on Registration, Kitchen and Cake Duties:
Karen Young, Adrian Tranter, Cynthia Bidwell, Bunty Waters, Graham Waters, Andrea Lines, Krysia Brown, Margaret Somner, Sarah Brown, Anne Swan, Gill Foster.
Helen and Roy Philips for running Checkpoint 1 on the Meridian Meander.
Ash Croft Veterinary Surgery of Hardwick, Pool Perfection of Swavesey, Welch’s Transport of Duxford, N. G. Uttridge Ltd. of Over.
All the wonderful ladies who baked cakes, including members of the WI from: Longstanton, Over, Swavesey and Willingham. To quote 10 year old Ben from Over: “The highlight of the day for me were the delicious cakes at the finish line!”
To Tesco Bar Hill for donating 500 bread rolls.
To The Dolphin Hotel in St. Ives for allowing a Meridian Meander checkpoint to be set up on their premises.
I will leave you with one final quote from Jo of Over:
“What a wonderful family and friends day out. We live in an amazing village with lovely people! Looking forward to next year. Thank you to everyone and all they did to make today so much fun!”