Padfield Chapel Chase returns
Friday 22nd July 2016 @ 09:24 by Adam Higgins

Villagers won’t be asked to wear full army kit and carry a 25kg back pack when they run around Padfield next month.

Acting Major Alex Dodd (pictured) did last year – and managed 25 miles – when he ran to raise cash for the village’s Congregational Chapel.

This year’s event – the Padfield Chapel Chase, which has been invented by Alex – won’t be as gruelling.

It’s as many circuits of the Padfield ‘Triangle’ as you want in two hours, and you can run, jog, or walk.

Last year Alex started pounding the village streets at 5am, this year it’s a more acceptable 10am.

It’s taking place on Saturday, August 6. Registration is 9am, in the Temple Street chapel.

The event is all about raising cash through sponsorship for the 188-year-old chapel, an important meeting place for villagers, which is badly in need of renovation.

This and other challenges planned for the autumn and winter are hoping to raise another £6,500 to £7,000.

Alex’s run, which was well supported by villagers and friends, plus some generous donations, paid for the outside renovations.

Money is needed for the interior refurbishment of the vestries and toilets, and the main chapel, including providing new seating.

Kathie Skelhon, who is helping to organise the 10am race, said: “Both runners and walkers are welcome to join in.”

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By David Jones