THE Barfield Bolt, an increasingly popular family fun run open to all, is back for another year.
It will take place on Saturday, June 10, at Barfield School in Farnham, with adult races starting at 10.30am and children’s races at 12pm.
This year the event will be raising funds for The Simon Trust, a local charity which supports adults with autism and is run by a former Barfield parent.
The charity was set up in 2015 to help provide homes and meaningful on-site activities in Surrey for adults with severe autism and learning difficulties.
At the moment there is nowhere suitable for them to live near their families and they are often sent by the local authority to live in counties far away from Surrey.
Surrey County Council has just started to build a home in Alfold, near Cranleigh, for 10 severely autistic young adults. The Simon Trust is working hard to raise £500,000 to provide all the ‘essential extras’, such as an on-site cycle track, a therapy garden and a sensory room.
The Barfield Bolt offers 10 kilometre (age 16 plus) and five kilometre races for adults (age 13 plus) through attractive woodland and fields. All races start and finish in the grounds of Barfield School with the 10-kilometre course being two laps of the five kilometre.
Organisers are also encouraging budding athletes from as young as two to join in the children’s races with a three-kilometre race (age 11 to 12), two-kilometre race (age eight to 10) and a one-kilometre race (age five to seven).
The 60-metre dash for children under five years of age is a particular highlight with a bonus prize for the first child who crosses the finishing line.
The Bolt is all about good, old-fashioned competitive fun for the family – young and old. There are plenty of stalls to occupy spectators with ice-creams, cakes, refreshments and springfree trampolines.
Barfield School will donate 20 per cent of all booking fees to The Simon Trust and there will be optional sponsorship forms available to download should anyone wish to raise additional money.
All money taken from the collection boxes and sponsorship forms will go directly to The Simon Trust and will be spent judiciously.
Further information about the event and how to book can be found at www.barfieldschool.com/bolt. Places are limited so book now to guarantee a place.