The event started to grow. First we extended the routes from a choice of just two, being the 10 and 20 miles and added a 3rd, which was 35 miles, which is very challenging.
One year, we tried running a route for children, just around the village, but the route signs were vandalised, and a lot of problems resulted. This idea was subsequently dropped.
Presentation to the British Heart Foundation
Between 2002 and 2004, we were assisted on the committee by Simon Smart, who was one of those characters that just about everybody in the village knew and liked. Tragically he died suddenly of a heart attack in November 2004. One of our trophies is now dedicated to his memory.
Over these years, a number of different charities have benefited from the monies raised by the event, some being :-
The British Heart Foundation
Help a Local Child (then re-named Have a Heart)
The RNLI (Hayling Area)
The MS Society
The Salvation Army
The Roberts Centre
Hannah's Holiday Home Appeal
Presentation to Rowans