We made the million!! The Kilworth Challenge raised 56,896 pounds on the day and when the generous support from Kilworth House Hotel and Theatre and the `gift aid` is taken into account, this will rise above 70,000. This takes the grand total raised over the life of the Challenge to in excess of an amazing 1,020,000 pounds.
The 2012 Kilworth Challenge was won by `3 Teachers and a Shelf Stacker` led by previous winner John Fish whose family lives in North Kilworth. With John were Matt Soulsby, Mark O`Dea and Steve Dean. Second was a team from the Lutterworth area called `Don’t Look Back` with Tony Brown, Mark English, Kieth Richmond and Simon Jones. Third was `the Bosworth Boys` from Husbands Bosworth supporting the Charity HomeStart with Jack Johnston, Patrick O`Neill, Sam Caves and Steve Harwood.
The winning female team was `4Shes to the Wind` comprising Catherine Weston, Lucy Dunkley, Sara Young and Caroline Du Plessis who also won the fastest female yomper. The fastest male runner was Michael Burke from North Kilworth in `Lads and Dads`. Mixed team winners were `The Crown Joules` from Market Harborough with Tom Joule, Simon Dowling, Paul Price and Emma Davies. The over 40s category was won by a long standing team in the competition, `The Kilworth Lions`, comprising Adam Herring, John Linnell, Stefan Green and Neil Foster.
The team that raised the greatest amount of sponsorship was again `Running on Carling` with Simon Jones, Stuart Conopo, Ben Hurst and Jason Wright, all very local to North Kilworth. Their efforts spread almost over the whole year raised a fantastic 4171 pounds.
Special recognition was made in memory of two individuals from North Kilworth, Claire Squires and Andrew Emery. The colour for the year was Claire`s favourite red and the female trophy was named after her as the `Claire Squires Trophy`. The `over 40s` trophy was named after Andrew as the `Andrew Emery Trophy`. Very fitting tributes to two fine individuals who always competed in the best traditions of the Challenge.
35 teams tackled 35 challenges in the wet, windy and muddy countryside walking and running over 30 miles in atrocious conditions, especially on the Sunday. Just as in previous years the challenges required physical strength, mental agility and most importantly team work – some were tough while others were just plain fun. They featured the obstacle course swinging through the trees, racing in the mud, a scary roundabout and some word and number puzzles, plus sprinting over a cross country course. The biggest challenge of course was to see how much funding they could raise.
This bulk of this year`s sponsorship will go to Dukes Barn in Derbyshire, the Leicestershire Club for Young People, and Over the Wall, three Midland based charities that help disadvantaged and handicapped children. The remainder will go to local charities and good causes.
We would like to express their appreciation for everyone that helped, especially the Sports Club, landowners and the Kilworth House Hotel and Theatre. As ever special thanks goes to the marshals and the competitors themselves who kept smiling through the wet, wind and the rain.
Once again …………….
Thanks a Million!!!
Colin Clark, Paul Whitehead, Mike Lawrence, Bruce Phillips, Nick Otter, Duncan Moss, Mick Faulkner, Chris Mitchell and Manfred Morris
PS : Don’t forget the Family Challenge set for Saturday 1st September 2012.