Running after the Asparagus

The Aspargus Colour Run takes part every year at The Valley in Eveshamto celebrate the Asparagus season and to raise money for charity. This year we were honoured by being the charity of choice, with 50% of tickets sales beingdonated.

So not one to miss out on my greens, I grabbed the family and hadthe real privilege ofjoining the 500 runners head out around the surrounding countryside;and The Valley is certainly in abeautifulsetting.

It really was awonderful moment andquite something to see all those white t-shirts (soon to become green)in support ofthe Alpkit Foundation making their way into the countryside.The way it was organised,the atmosphere and the attitude of all those taking part reallyreflected the fun,enthusiasm...joy, of coming together and enjoying the outdoors.

Organiser and Senior Marketing Manager of The Valley Paul McLean is aware of the benefits of a outdoor lifestyle and adds how important it is to make outdoor living key to The Valley, making it accessible and inclusive to those with disabilities and special needs as well."whethergoing for a run, cycling or just a gentle stroll has so many benefits – physical, mental and social. So many of us live our lives at such a frenetic pace, just spending a little time outdoors can be a great boost to our wellbeing and help ground us. We do regular work on making The Valley as accessible as possible. A great example is training all our staff (both our own and our tenants) on increasing their knowledge of the challenges of living with and managing autism"

Dipping in and around the gorgeous Worcestershire surroundings the route followed a leafy, green, family friendly off road trail. Oh and it got greener. Along the route there were two paint stations, all ready to dose you in a helping of green. Some were lucky, or simply running too quickly to get caught. Others positively lapped it up, standing arms wide, embracing the splash of colour. You took your own pace, chatted, helped friends up the up hills, dashed down the down hills. It was a beautiful reflection of Going nice places, doing good things.

ph. Phil McLean

£2500 was raised from the event, a sum that will have a massive impact on so many people who have real obstacles in accessing the benefits that getting outdoors provides.

So thank you to The Valley for supporting the Alpkit Foundation, thank you to all the runners for taking part, thank you for givingmy family and me a good portion of our daily greens.I'm not sure whether I've converted the kidsfully to the delights of Asparagus, but they had their fill of greeness.

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By Col