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Due to the Coronavirus we had to cancel the Foot Fest for 2020, but we do plan to run the event in 2021.
We will publish any special procedures relating to the virus nearer the time in accordance with the situation as it develops over the next few months.

 

Farthingstone Foot Fest: how it started:

The Farthingstone Foot Fest was created to raise money for the Farthingstone community to help provide funding for activities other than for the general requirements of the main establishments.

Farthingstone, in common with many small villages, enjoys a number of local amenities especially: St Mary’s Church, the Baptist Chapel, the Joy Mead gardens and the Village Hall. Most fund-raising activities had, through necessity, concentrated on raising money for essential maintenance programmes but because of this, many other desirable pursuits were unable to be achieved through lack of funds.

In addition to the amenities already mentioned, Farthingstone is also graced by being surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in Northamptonshire. An opportunity to make the most of this was recognised and the Farthingstone Foot Fest (FFF) was devised as an event for both runners and walkers of all age groups to take part.

The Farthingstone Foot Fest Course:

Starting and finishing at the Joy Mead gardens in Farthingstone, the FFF covers a full 26 mile Marathon distance which is a challenging (there are a lot of stiles together with a number of kissing gates and other obstacles) ‘figure of eight’ route through our immediately adjacent, wonderful, rolling landscape. The route covers stretches of the Macmillan Way, the Knightley Way and Nene Way, passes across fields, through woods and beautiful villages and along the Grand Union Canal and is wonderfully varied.

In addition, alternative distances are available being single loop 11, 13 and 15 mile options so that the widest possible number of participants can enjoy the day.

There are manned Check Points throughout which provide refreshments and there is an after-event meal served at the Village Hall.

In addition, there is a FREE Pint of Beer (or soft drink alternative) to enjoy with the meal.

All routes are primarily on footpaths and tracks with minimal road usage to ensure safety and a full route description and route map will be available.

Walkers may be accompanied by a dog but MUST be kept on a non-extending lead throughout and we would advise there are a great number of stiles. Did we mention the Beer at the end?

Read accounts from two previous participants by clicking to link with their blogs here and here.

Achievements to date:

This is truly a community event and thanks to the fantastic involvement each year of so many volunteers making each of the annual Foot Fests such a success, since the first event in 2009, approximately 1,000 entrants from all over the country have taken part and over £12,500 has been raised allowing us to support various community-based institutions and local inhabitants. To date these include:

  • Stage lighting for the Farthingstone actors in the Village Hall
  • Donation towards the Farthingstone Cricket Club House
  • Lawn mower for Joy Mead
  • Outdoor games for the Joy Mead
  • Tuning of the organ in St Mary’s Church
  • Kick-starting money for the excellent ‘Farthingstone’s Got Talent’ event
  • Donation to a village student for support towards working in an African Orphanage
  • Kick-starting money for the formation of the Farthingstone Cricket Club
  • Public Address System for indoor and outdoor events for use by the Village Hall and Joy Mead
  • Lighting for the Joy Mead

 
Money has also been raised each year, through entrant sponsorship efforts, for national institutions including:

  • MacMillan Nurses
  • Unicef
  • Alzheimer’s Society

Community Support:

If you have a local project in mind that you believe can be assisted with or funded by the FFF funds, please contact any member of the FFF committee:

  • Debbie Mason            
  • Chris Fitzgerald
  • Howard Pritchett
  • Paul Allinson

Farthingstone Foot Fest 2021:

Though we have had to cancel the 2020 Foot Fest due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we look forward to holding the event again next year on Saturday 5th June, 2021 and hope to see you there.

To find out more and for an entry form please click here or contact Paul Allinson on p_allinson@hotmail.com or phone 01327 361681.

 

 

 


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