Farmers and London don’t seem like an obvious mix, but a considerable countryside contingent travelled to the city for a charity run to raise money for farming families in distress.
The group, including Aylesbury NFU branch secretary Virginia Stollery, ran 10k from Hyde Park along the Embankment, through Parliament Square and finished at the Cenotaph, to raise money for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute (RABI).
Mrs Stollery, who has done the run 10 times now, said: “I beat my own personal best and did it in 77 minutes. It was muggy but cloudy and provided very pleasant runnign conditions.”
Mrs Stollery was presented with a certificate to recognise her 10th year running for RABI, and so was Brill farmer Alan Read and Charles Behrens, who works atThame animal health and farm supplies Pearce & Son.
Thame auction market fieldsman Dan Slade was also part of the team, as was North Bucks NFU secretary David Grainge (see page 23 for group picture).
Mrs Stollery said: “We have a very vibrant RABI branch in Bucks and we always take down a good team for the 10k run.”
In the first six months of this year the Bucks branch gave grants worth £5,000 in 46 payments to 11 beneficiaries in the county.
The next fund raising event is a cream tea in the marquee at Creslow Manor in Whitchurch on Sunday July 27 from 3-6pm. Entry is £5 and everyone is welcome.
All the profits from this event will be donated to the RABI emergency fund to help support farmers affected by flooding.