Family Fun Run Day


On Saturday 31st May 2014, the Dyslexia Research Trust held its second Family Fun Run Day in Oxford University Parks. This was a fun-filled day for all the family with Hot Food Stalls, Beer/Refreshments, Tea & Cakes, Arts & Crafts, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Nature Trail, Sciency Novelties, Inflatable rides, Grand Raffle, entertainment, and the main event – the fun runs around the beautiful Oxford University Parks.

The Family Fun Run Day was set up and ready to go at 9.30am with two hundred runners gathering to take part in the fun runs. George Martinez kicked off the first of two fun runs at 10.45am with a Zumba style warm up routine for all the runners. Spectators and runners were also treated to a fun session at 11.45am from The Tiger Martial Arts and their team mascot, The Cookie Monster joined the One Mile fun runners in the 12 noon race.  

It was wonderful to see so many people joining the fun run (twice as many as 2012!) and great support from the Eynsham RoadRunners with their bright blue t-shirts. From the ages of 1-81 years, we had runners, walkers and joggers of all ages and abilities taking part to raise money for Dyslexia – a condition affecting one in ten and close to many people's hearts.

Entertainment was provided by Trev Williams, a local singer & songwriter and The Oxford Lindy Hoppers surprised and delighted the crowd with a Lindy Bomb, a swing dancing session in the parks.

The afternoon's grand raffle had some great prizes including as a Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two at The Randolph Hotel, Annual Passes for Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum, Luxury Champagne and Food Hamper including Champagne, Gifford Circus Family Ticket, Tour and Tasting at Chiltern Valley Winery & Brewery, paintball experiences and even a Vacuum Cleaner donated by Miele!

The event was organised by the Dyslexia Research Trust (DRT), to raise awareness of dyslexia in the local community. The Unicorn School, Sibford School, Santander Universities, Empowering Learning, Great Western NHS Foundation Trust, Oxon Dyslexia Association and the DRT Team were available throughout the day to provide valuable support. So far we have raised an incredible £5000 and money is still coming in.

Thanks to the staff at Santander Universities (Oxford branch); Charles Wellbelove and the Hamptons International Team and Julie Wiltshire and Empire Homes Ltd for giving up their time as volunteers on the day. Our grateful thanks also to the army of volunteers and everybody who contributed to the success of the day. DRT Fun Run results:

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Thank you to the Oxford RAG for doing a raid in Oxford City Centre and raising £314.21 for the DRT

Grand Raffle Prize Winners:
Top Prize Miele Vacuum Cleaner – Tracey Talbot
The Brown Experience Monu Facial – Rebecca Bonsaer
Delta Force Paintballing Experience – Adam Lobo
Delta Force Paintballing Experience – Pam Holloway
Delta Force Paintballing Experience – Isabel Crowther
Oxford University Botanic Gardens & Harcourt Arboreutum Annual Pass – Mary Anne Parker
Farmer Gow Annual Pass – Nigel Lobo
Pet Potrait – Rachel Norman
Millets Farm Voucher – Anne McIntosh
Cath Kidson Bag – Deve Holloway
The Bug Store Gift – Val Neil
Partyman World of Play - Family of 4 Pass - Ian Gordon
Chiltern Valley Winery & Brewery Tour & Tasting Voucher for Two – Olive Hickmott

If the opportunity arises, please support the stallholders and businesses listed who contributed to helping to make the event truly special.

Sponsors & Supporters
Proudly sponsored by Empire Homes Ltd and Hamptons International
By kind permission of the Curators at Oxford University Parks
With thanks to:

Livio Lobo Oxford Artist
The Wheatsheaf Inn
Santander Universities
Empowering Learning
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
The Unicorn School
Sibford School

Stallholders & Attractions

Asya Ltd Silver Jewellery
Phoenix Trading & Pretty Pieces Scarves, Purses, Accessories, Greeting Cards and Gift Wrap Stationery
H & L Chic Jewellery Jewellery
Fairies & Gnomes Stunning garden toys and balloons
GlassBits Handmade Stained Glass Bits
Balloon Cousin Inflatable Balloon Toys
Tu-Whoo's Walls Handmade Murals for children's rooms and wall decors
Bisoux Jewellery, scarves and handbags
Creative Fantasy Faces Face Painter
Tiger Martial Arts Family Martial Arts Sessions
Forever Aloe Make Up, Skincare, Weight/Fitness & Pet Care
Richard Day Brick 'a' Brack
Bob Voyle Hook a Duck and Football Inflatables
John Whittle Inflatable slide, bouncy castle and train ride
Agnieszka Delikowska Jewellery and dollies
Blooming BeautPrincess Makeovers, Nails, Princess Hampers, Jewellery Making Kits
The Bug Store Real Bugs/Sea Life in resin and other bug related products
Madhouse Leisure Amazing Colour Maze
Farrells Food Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Stir Fry and Pork Roast
Wood & Webb Fast Food Hot Food, Doughnuts & Sweets
Pasta Al Fresco Hot Pasta & Italian Savouries
Adam Soft Ice Cream Ice Cream and Drinks