24th Oct, 2016

Get in the running to boost charities

Evesham Editorial 11th Dec, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THE CHAIRMAN of Pershore Carnival is hoping to get people’s pulses racing for Christmas by bringing back a popular event last held in the town more than 30 years ago.

Colin Shepherd hopes as many people as possible will come out in their Christmas outfits and enjoy the occasion at Abbey Park for the Carnival Committee’s Pershore Charity Fun Run next week.

According to Mr Shepherd, the event was last run in May 1983 and will officially get underway at 11am on Sunday (December 21) covering one and a half miles.

The fund-raising event is aimed to bring some festive cheer in the town with another event with proceeds going to the carnival’s two chosen charities for the coming year, Pershore Swimming Club and 1st Pershore Scout Group’s hut appeal.

The idea to bring back the event has been on Mr Shepherd’s wish list for some time and he told the Observer he was thrilled it will be coming back just days before Christmas.

“I’ve wanted to bring this fun run back into the town for a long time – it has been a real bug bear of mine,” he said.

“We want to raise as much money as possible so we are encouraging people to come out in their Christmas outfits and join in with the fun. If successful we can look at potentially running it next year as well, this is a trial run for us.

“I remember the last fun run in 1983 as I was organising it and we were raising money for the football club, who were then named Pershore United, to get them the facilities which they now have today.”

Newlands Fish Saloon and The Brandy Cask pub have sponsored the fun run.

The run costs £2 for individuals or £2.50 to do it as part of a family/group. Those interested in taking part should arrive at

Abbey Park for 10am to register.

Call Colin Shepherd on 01386 553585 for more information about the event and how to donate funds.