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2014 Festival Day!

16:10 September 18 2014

What a day!

The festival day held at the Plough on Sunday 24th went down a storm, although the weather was quite the opposite. Clear skies and a superb turnout lead to a great day for young and old.

The live music throughout the day from Life the duo, Tequila Mockingbird and Greg Morris on his banjo, together with the cider bar and hog roast which was kindly donated and manned by ‘The Whole Hog’ catering meant a very, very festival day.

Together with face painting, the raffle, auction, bouncy castle and many various stalls, helped raise over £500.00

Kind thanks to Nicki and Charmaine, together with all at the Plough for all their efforts to make it such a wonderful day Smiley Face! see you all at the same time next year (exact date to be confirmed).

2014 Walford Timber Ross 10K + Fun Run

16:00 September 18 2014

Runners from Manchester, Bridgend, Cardiff, Bristol, Coventry and Southampton were attracted to take part in the fourth Ross 10k and Fun Run on Sunday 7th September.

The Ross Mayor, Councillor Colin Grey was present to send off both sets of runners, the Fun Run at 10.15 and the 10K at 11.00, and then to help hand out medals.

The Fun Run had 60 entrants, some with parents to help their youngsters round, and was won by Joseph Gilkes, one of 8 Gilkeses in this run, with one Gilkes in the 10K.

The 10K had local boys in the first six positions; an exciting tussle saw Barry Davies, with a time of 41 minutes and three seconds, just beating Gavin Jones by one second, with Dan Sandford, Mike Caufield, Rich Bevan and sponsor George Smith of Walford Timber, in the next four positions.

This year saw four dogs with their runners taking part, but General Sherman [with Jon Goulding] who has been top dog in two of the previous three years, was beaten by Bamps [with Lloyd Clarke].

Amy Jones, an ex-John Kyrle student has set a precedent which will be hard to follow. The first year [2011], she ran in the Ross 10k while she was five months pregnant; the second year she ran the Fun Run pushing her first son Malachy in a buggy, then ran the 10K; the third year she ran the 10K with Malachy and then ran the 10K, unknowingly pregnant; this year she ran the 10K with her second son Seamus, then ran the 10K. This story may not yet be over!

Ben Abbott, as mc, was in outstanding form, and a large crowd of specators enjoyed the day.

2014 Top 10 Results

Position Race number Name Finish time
188Barry Davies00:41:03
274Gavin Jones00:41:04
357Dan Sandford00:41:13
475Mike Caulfield00:41:24
577Rich Bevan00:41:59
621George Smith00:42:09
787Marcus Bennetto00:42:16
866Michael Jenkins00:42:21
985Tom Maddox00:42:44
1044simon biddle00:43:14

Acorns Summer Ball 2014

10:00 June 26 2014

On the 5th of July, enjoy a sensational evening of musical entertainment set in the beautiful gardens of Pencraig Court with stunning views across the Wye Valley. Drinks reception upon arrival and a three course dinner.

For more infomation please visit HERE


16:00 October 26 2013

Blue skies, bright sushine and a large crowd set the scene for the 3rd Walford Timber Ross 10k and Fun Run held in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Ross Mayor, Councillor Chris Bartram, accompanied by the Mayoress Jane roberts,was on hand to start both runs and and hand out medals to the finishers.

The Fun Run, a 1K course around the Rowing Club field, started at 10.15 am, and was won by 14 year old Joseph Gilkes, from Coventry, who had just returned from Canada after representing England in the high jump, long jump and 4 x 100m relay in the International Children’s Games.

The 10K commenced at 11.00 am and was won by Thomas Symonds in 34 minutes, 02 seconds; 2nd and 3rd were, respectively, local boys Gavin Jones and Barry Davies, and in 4th position was main sponsor George Smith of Walford Timber.

The first lady home was Sarah Hassall in 9th position in 42 minutes 28 seconds, and in 10th place was another local lad, Dave Knapper. General Sherman, who was the initial canine winner in 2011, regained his title after losing out last year to the dog who accompanied his runner, Kim Mazzuka to first place, and , despite an injured ankle, dragged his runner, Jon Goulding, round to finish in 40th place.

The climax of the afternoon, however, came nearly an hour and a half after the start of the 10K when 82 year old George Horder crossed the finish line to cheers and a great round of applause from the large crowd that had stayed on to welcome him home.

Many of the new 10K runners expressed delight at the beauty of the course, and there were at least three requests that Ross hosts a half marathon.

Preparations now start for the 2014 Runs.

The results are in!

16:00 September 11 2013

The 2013 Results are in! View the provisional times HERE. A selection of pictures is also available HERE.

2013 Event Confirmed!

16:30 March 21 2013

The 2013 10k and Fun runs have now been confirmed for Sunday 8th September 2013. More news to follow!


12:00 November 05 2012

The second Ross 10K and Fun Run, held on Sunday 23rd September, was a great success, despite rain it raised approximaely £2,500.00 for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

125 athletes ran the 10k, over twice as many as last year. First home in 3minutes 48 secs minutes was canicross runner Kim Mazzucawith her dog who were training for the European Canicross championships. The first 10K runner was Peter Woodward in 39 minutes 07 seconds and the first 10k woman was Alex Champ in 40 minutes 47 seconds. In last place, but crossing the finish line to rapturous applause, was 81 year old George Horder, a tremendous example to those who think they are too old to run.

The Fun Run, which started at 10.15 am, was an exciting event with grannies, parents, 10k runners with their offspring, toddlers and babies in pushchairs taking part and having a great time. First across the finish line was 13 year old, Joseph Gilkes from Coventry, who had competed in a 5k run the day before, and second was Charlie Clayton from Daventry.

Eunice from Ross Health and Fitness conducted a pre-run aerobics warm up routine for the 10K Runners, and Master of Ceremonies Ben Abbott, who was in sparkling form, did the same for the Fun Runners.

Both runs were started by a hooter operated by wheelchair-bound Alex Jordan who had carried the Olympic torch in Worcester , and is an ambassador for Acorns Children’s Hospice. He posed for plenty of photographs with runners and with his own golden torch.

Report by Geoff Jones

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