Record numbers tackle Horsley Fun Run to support village hall fund

WINNER -- Chris Perry receives his shield from event organiser Peter Holden.
WINNER -- Chris Perry receives his shield from event organiser Peter Holden.

A record number of more than 200 entries took part in the Horsley Fun Run on Sunday in its second year since being resurrected in 2015.

The event, which comprised two runs around the footpaths of Horsley, raised almost £1,000 for the New Horsley Village Hall, which has just received planning permission.

The main four-mile run was won by Chris Perry, of Belper, in a time of 23 minutes, 42 seconds, while the first woman home was Esther Barrett, of the Chepstow Harriers club in Wales, who only decided to compete on the morning of the event after staying at Horsley Lodge for a function on Saturday night. Her time was 31 minutes, 16 seconds.

The fun run, over one-and-a-half miles, was won by Freddie Willdig, of Heanor, who clockeda time of ten minutes, eight seconds.

The event organiser, Peter Holxden, presented winners’ shields to both Perry and Barrett, while he handed over a certificate to Willdig.

It is hoped that the run will continue to flourish and become an annual event again. Meanwhile you can make donations to the New Horsley Village Fund, through the Give As You Live scheme by following the link https://www.giveasyoulive.com/join/the-horsley-village-hall/EC65909. You raise money simply by shopping with any of hundreds of online retailers.