Chew Valley Santa Scramble 2017
Almost 600 Santas (and some dogs on leads) took part in the very first Chew Valley Santa Scramble on Sunday
3rd December at Chew Valley School.
The event, sponsored by Winford Ford, was organised by the team behind the popular Chew Valley 10k in
conjunction with Chew Valley School, with Year 12 BTEC Sport Management Students overseeing the 1k Mini
Scramble Fun Run as part of their course.
300 children took part in the Mini Scramble supported by a band of Santa’s Elves, who ran the loops of the
school playing fields with them. With the aim of the event to encourage activity in people of all ages it was
great to see even the tiniest tots toddling around the course in their mini Santa suits.
The 5k-ish Santa Scramble main event, was officially started by inspirational distance runner, Jim Plunkett-Cole
who is currently undertaking his ‘JimGump Challenge’, an educational challenge adventure of 30,000 miles of
running across the UK and USA. Mr Plunkett-Cole, aka Jim Gump, set the runners that included children aged
11 and up, parents, grandparents and teachers off on the course which began at the school and then took in
the stunning Chew Valley countryside along the footpaths, fields and lanes of Chew Magna and Chew Stoke.
Leading man, Rory Everett from Blagdon and leading woman, Victoria Howlett, from Wrington were presented
with a fantastic organic veg box from The Community Farm in Denny Lane, Chew Magna. All finishers were
provided with a medal and Brussel sprouts or parsnips.
The event raised just over £3,400 which will go to towards the school’s fundraising efforts to provide two
covered tennis courts and Langford-based charity, Mend The Gap www.mendthegap.org.uk who the school
are linked to.
Parent and Race Director Ann Booker said ‘We had a fantastic, fun-spirited morning - huge thanks go to Winford
Ford and to all of our sponsors who have enabled this event to happen, to Arthur David & Co. who provided
the Brussel sprouts and parsnips for runners and also to everybody who has taken part or come to support our
first event, including over 20 Chew Valley School teachers. Finally, to all local residents, particularly in Chew
Stoke and Chew Magna, to Chew Stoke and Chew Magna Parish Councils, to our fantastic team of marshals
and to all landowners and farmers – we are extremely grateful to you all for helping us to create this amazing
community event – there are even rumours of a repeat next year!’
Images taken by Sam Hocking