Local man, Ian Jones, decided that he would organise a Fun Run to raise funds for JDRF, a charity which fundraises for research into Childhood Type 1 Diabetes.
The day started as a dream of having 50 runners, raising £250 but ended up with over 100 runners and a fantastic £1345 being raised from the day.
Speaking to Andover & Villages, Ian said, “It was absolutely fantastic. Before the day, I had 80 runners booked and had raised around £750, but on the morning over 20 more people came and although it was only £5 per person to run, runners were giving me £10 and telling me to keep the change!”
Ian went on to say, “We implemented the ‘Child in the Most Blue’ competition with a £10 Tesco voucher as a prize and I was thrilled to see so many people make an effort, not just children, but adults too. We definitely saw the true spirit of Andover on the Big Blue Fun Run.”
Ian would like to thank, Steve Rood, Kate Bone, Jim Master, Muddy Runners and the day’s sponsors: Reasons Fitness and VM Langfords, who donated an ambulance and paramedics for the day, which luckily, weren’t needed.
Ian is running the London Marathon in April and will be fundraising for JDRF.