Grand Shaftesbury Run 2012

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Wings for Life ambassador Nick Ashley-Cooper, the Earl of Shaftesbury was delighted to be hosting the second edition of the Grand Shaftesbury Run this weekend on his beautiful estate in Wimborne St Giles near Dorset.

Wings for Life runners took part in a 10km run or half marathon to raise vital funds for spinal cord injury research. In stark contrast to the previous year, the team was lucky to start the course in glorious sunshine, in-front of the stunning St. Giles House! Congratulations to Barney Collins who was our first runner over to the finish line in 42 minutes!

Participants were offered a unique opportunity to run through private woodland on the estate and soak up spectacular views of Dorset. The route passes some of the key features of the parks ‘Pleasure Grounds’: the serpentine lake, the grotto, and finally finishing off down the avenue in front the house to a welcoming crowd of supporters. After crossing the finish line, runners were greeted with medals, a beer tent and the sounds of the Bavarian strollers. Friends and family not taking part in the event came along to enjoy the views and a picnic in the park.