Alton Runners Reward to Alton Lions Supports Local Community

Alton Runners handed over a cheque recently to Alton Lions Club (CIO), in recognition of 0f their work during another successful race season.

Amounting to £3,500, the money was raised by last year’s Alton 10 mile Road Race and the Downland Challenge.

Alton Runners and Alton Lions have worked together over 36 years to organise and stage the two races, with surplus funds used by Lions to support those in need in the local community.

It is a strong partnership initiative which results in two very different but challenging races that attracts runners from a wide area, while raising funds to support the community in which many of them live and work.

This year’s 10 mile Road Race, which is part of the Hampshire Road Race League, takes place on Sunday May 3rd gathering at Eggar’s School and starts from outside Treloar’s in Holybourne at 10:30am. It is takes competitors out of Holybourne and up the hill to Binsted before dropping down to Blacknest and along the road to Bentley, returning via Isington and Binsted.

The Downland Challenge is a cross-country run that takes place in October, following a course from Anstey Park along tracks and over fields, and over Holybourne Down.

Both races are marshalled by Alton Lions, who used the previous year’s race money to make donations to Brendoncare Alton, Mental Health Day, Diabetes Support, Hart Wildlife and to support local individuals in need.