GEF Haddo Cross Country Races

Thank you very much to everyone who ran and supported our GEF Haddo Cross Country races on Sunday 26th January 2020, helping us to raise a whopping record sum of £1,855.37!!

All monies raised today will go towards the school uniform, shoes, books, stationery and sanitary towels of the children we support in Kenya who do not have a monthly sponsor.

Huge thanks to the following people and companies for the amazing things you did to make this possible:

  • The 54 volunteers who helped with marshalling, entries, results, running, timing, car park, shop and medal presentations.
  • Mike Wilcox, Abi Lyall, Emily Macdonald, Austin Vidal-Cocker and Dahlia Edwards for helping to set out the course on the Saturday & again to Mike, Abi and Austin for volunteering all race day as well. A special shout out must go to Austin who travelled all the way from Ipswich to support the event!
  • Jackie Stewart and Peter Jennings for their never ending support to running events in the north east.
  • All runners and spectators.
  • Peter Mathewson of Falcon First Aid.
  • Firetrail Ltd for use of the finish gantry.
  • Elaine and the team at Mrs Smith’s café for our volunteers soup and sandwiches.

We’d like to thank Suzanna at Haddo for her support and Aberdeenshire Council for allowing us to use the park.

Excluding the hand-made Kenyan hand bags, all of the items which were on sale are available for purchase via www.gathimbaedwards.wixsite.com/shop - please get in touch if you fancy purchasing a handbag.

Without all of you who supported us this event simply wouldn’t happen – and if the event doesn’t happen then we can’t deliver this vital support to our kids.

Big thank you to event sponsors: NorDan and Newburgh Dunes Running Club and thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for changing many lives.

See you at our next Haddo Cross Country Races - date to be confirmed!


2019 event

Our 4th annual GEF Cross Country Races sponsored by Red Balloon PA, Pretty Rubbish Mosaics & Run4it were held at Haddo House on Sunday 27th January 2019 and raised an incredible £766.69!

These funds provided Cheerful Special Needs Children's Home in Karatina with 4 months worth of maize flour and also got a young girl called Cecilia into secondary school.  Cecilia scored an impressive 365/500 but feared her dreams of becoming a Doctor were over when her mum couldn't afford the fees for secondary school.

Thank you so much to the following people and companies for the amazing things you did to make this event possible:

  • The 50+ volunteers who helped with marshalling, entries, results, running, timing, car park, shop.
  • Abi Lyall and Mike Wilcox for helping to set out the course on Saturday and volunteering all day Sunday.
  • All runners and spectators.
  • Andrew Ferguson, Jackie Stewart, Peter Jennings and Tammy Wilson/JSK for their support leading up to the event.
  • Peter Mathewson and Jane Tosh of Falcon First Aid.
  • Elaine and the team at Mrs Smith’s café for supporting our volunteers with soup and sandwiches.
  • Our event sponsor: Red Balloon PA
  • Event support: Pretty Rubbish Mosaics & Run4it
  • We’d like to thank Suzanna at Haddo as well as the National Trust for their support.


2018 event 

Thank you very much to everyone who ran and supported our Haddo Cross Country races on Sunday 28th January 2018.  You raised a fantastic £855.68 with a considerable amount still to follow from the series entries.  The amount raised enabled us to provide Cheerful Special Needs Children’s Home with maize flour for a whole year and also a home help for one of the families we support in Nairobi as their single father recovers from major surgery.

Huge thanks to the following people and companies for the amazing things you did to make this event possible:

  • The 47 volunteers who helped with marshalling, entries, results, running, timing, car park, shop.
  • Jog Scotland Kintore for filling so many of these volunteer positions.
  • Abi Lyall for helping to set out the course on Saturday and starting the races today.
  • All runners and spectators.
  • Andrew Gordon of The Running Shop for organising/sponsoring the overall series.
  • Andrew Ferguson, Jackie Stewart and Peter Jennings for their support leading up to the event.
  • Peter Mathewson and Jane Tosh of Falcon First Aid.
  • Elaine and the team at Mrs Smith’s café for supporting our volunteers with soup and sandwiches.
  • Our event sponsors: Susi Adams Clinic Ltd (for the second year in a row) and Calum Crighton/C & G Legal & Commercial.
  • We’d like to thank the staff at Haddo and the National Trust for their support.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for changing many lives!


2017 event

Thank you so much to the record number of people who ran and supported our Haddo House Cross Country races - you raised an incredible £2,307.41 which is almost 4x as much as last year and is enough to build a 2 bedroom house for one of our families in Kenya.

This simply would not be possible without the army of amazing volunteers who came out to marshal, take entries, run alongside the competitors, collate results and more! It's impossible to mention everyone but special thanks to Abi, Emily and Mo who came out Saturday and Sunday to set up the course and marshal, Tammy Wilson and Jog Scotland Kintore for rallying 30 volunteers, Jackie and Craig for taking on the challenging job of results and succeeding, Peter Jennings (and Jackie again) of Metro Aberdeen and Andrew Ferguson for their support leading up to the race, Diana and Haddo for letting us use the stunning Haddo Estate, Mrs Smith for supporting our volunteers with food and last but not least every volunteer, runner and spectator.

Huge thanks to our generous sponsors Susi Adams Clinic Ltd, Run4it, David Lloyd Clubs, Service Point UK & Prosource.IT - you played a very big role in making this achievement possible.

You have all done something very special today which will transform the lives of our kids. Thank you!

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2016 event

Thank you to all 272 runners and their supporters who took part in our races at Haddo House on Sunday 24th January 2016, your efforts raised £602.05 which will enable us to pay the tuition fees of 60 primary school children in Kenya for the whole of 2016.

We would also like to say a huge thank you to our 35 volunteers and Metro Aberdeen Running Club - you took care of entries, results and stood out in the cold for hours as marshals with 100% enthusiasm and without you this event wouldn't have been able to go ahead. Final thank you goes to Diana at Haddo House, Mrs Smith's Cafe, Run4it, Universal Inspection (UK) Ltd and prosource.IT for your support of the event.

 

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