(July 2005) Sibford Fun Run Sunday, 19 June 2005

On a very hot day, a number of determined individuals of all ages participated in the Fun Run over a course starting by the Cricket Pavilion in Sibford School, passing through Grounds Farm, watched by some interested sheep, down Hillbottom, over the stream (very little mud this year!), to pick up the track leading to Swalcliffe Grange, climbing up the Gated Road and left turn towards Folly Field, descending to Main Street for 50 yards and a loft turn to Small House and back into Sibford School for the final push for the line.

First home was Sibford Gower “regular runner”, Paul Hobson; in seventh place came the first lady, Megan Gilkes who were presented with their trophies, kindly donated by Terry Young. All the runners received a medal for their efforts which were handed over by our two of the junior runners, Lydia Kitchen and Naomi Spencer, who had earlier won the Girl’s run, finishing only yards behind the Boy’s winner Clinton Brown.

Everyone, whilst cxhausted by their efforts, pledged to return in 2006 when it is hoped that many more from the local community will take part in the event. For some it was an opportnity to conclude their training prior to taking part in “The Race for Life”, whilst for others it was a first occasion to savour the unique scenery of the Sibford Fun Run.

Our grateful thanks are extended to the Headmaster of Sibford School, Michael Goodwin, the Business Manager, Peter Robinson and Jane & Percy Turner for the use of the facilities and preparation of the course. T o Minuteman Press, Banbury, for the printing of direction markers and race numbers, as well as sponsorship of the medals, to Keith Hicks for starting the race and providing the commentary, to the Gilkes, Lamb & Taylor Families for allowing us to run over their land, to the Administrators, Ginny Bennett & Muriel Chandler and our first class team of Course Marshals, Graydon Kitchen, Joanna Gilkes, Paul Saunders and Mike Clarke. Come and join in the fun in 2006.