Grand Shaftesbury Run 2013

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Wings for Life Ambassador Nick Ashley-Cooper, the Earl of Shaftesbury, hosted the third Grand Shaftesbury Run last weekend on his stunning estate in Wimborne St Giles near Dorset.

Wings for Life runners took part in a 10km run or half marathon, with children taking on the first 1km fun run the event has held, to raise vital funds for spinal cord injury research.

The sun came out and supporters rallied together on the side lines. Spirits were high and everyone did fantastically well with Wings for Life runner Joe Marsh achieving 4th place in the half marathon. The Wings for Life stall attracted lots of interest too, importantly raising awareness.

The trail took runners through the estate including the impressive ‘beech belt’ private woodland, the park, serpentine lake, grotto and Harley Down together with the striking St Giles House in the background. As they joyously crossed the finish line, runners were greetd with medals and also music by the J-Cats, a fantastic father and daughter ensemble from Devon.

Wings for Life’s Trustee Tim Kriegelstein took part in the half marathon and said: “The Grand Shaftesbury Run is the most scenic running event I have ever participated in. It is just incredible being able to run on an estate that had been closed to the public for decades. Nick and his team were great hosts and I got quite emotional, as it was the first event in support of Wings For Life when we set up the charity three years ago. Nick's support throughout the year has been outstanding. If you would like a run that gives you a perfect day away in the countryside, this is an experience you cannot miss.”

The event raised a fantastic £6,198.76 for spinal cord research and we would like to thank Nick Ashley Cooper, his team and everyone who took part in the day and supported us.

If you would like to sign up for the Grand Shaftesbury Run 2014 or any other event for Wings for Life, please contact us at