Farncombe launches charity run; Welcome to Yorkshire gets on its bike

Fanrcombe Conference Centre near Broadway in Worcestershire has launched a new 5k charity run aimed at meeting and conference booking agents.
On Saturday 27 September, around 100 runners will join the ‘all-terrain’ Fast and Furious run through the woods and parklands of Farncombe Estate, before enjoying prizes, food and live music at a post-race party.
The event is the result of a new partnership between Farncombe and charity Meetings Industry Meeting Needs (MIMN).
MIMN aims to raise funds for relevant and worthy causes, with recent causes including the purchase of adapted audio equipment for six blind people and a £5,000 technical kit to help severely disabled adults and children to use a computer.
“We’re excited about this new initiative and are keen to work with MIMN to improve the lives of others,” says Rachael Buttery, Farncombe’s Sales and Marketing Manager. “We thought we could offer our Cotswold estate as a challenging 5k course and invite MICE agents to join us. Members of the Farncombe team will be taking part and we are looking for sponsors to help to make it a really memorable event.”

It costs £50 to take part (or £35 each for teams of three to six people) and all funds go to MIMN charity projects in the UK and abroad. For more information, visit:

From running to cycling, Gary Verity, CEO of Welcome to Yorkshire (pictured), has risen to the Cycle to Work challenge by pedalling over 100 miles from his home in Coverdale to the Welcome to Yorkshire offices in Leeds.
The staff at Welcome to Yorkshire matched his mileage by commuting to work for one day to raise awareness of the national event. In total, the Welcome to Yorkshire office completed 200 miles from their commutes.

Cycle to Work Day is a national event, which aims to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and cycle to work for just one day on 4 September 2014.

Verity said: “When we won the right to host the Tour de France we did so with a pledge that it would mark a sea change in cycling habits in Yorkshire. This is just the start for us as a cycling county. I am sure many people will have been inspired by the Grand Départ to buy a bike or rediscover their love of cycling – I know I am one of them – and Thursday’s Cycle to Work day was a great way to either kick start cycling as a habit or a hobby and get more people in the county cycling more often which is a key aim of our Cycle Yorkshire Legacy programme.”

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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

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