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Run a Mile Sunday 25th March 2012 - 'Sport Relief' Run a Mile

Sport Relief

Just over one-hundred people joined the fun and entered the Sport Relief Mile at Bere Regis Recreation Ground on 25th March, part of the national 'Run a Mile' event. Several people had been inspired by the efforts of John Bishop in his cycle-row-run from Paris to London, televised a few days before the event. Laps of the rec were nowhere near as challenging, although the heat of the day meant that the runners and walkers were glad of the water supplies made available. Several entrants responded to the fancy dress appeal which saw some cats and a lion doing the laps! Just over £300 was collected on the day and hopefully, within the next month, we will get a better idea of how much was raised through individual sponsorship. All in all, it was a great community event, bringing together residents of the village and one or two visitors from further afield. It combined fun, exercise and, most importantly, fund-raising for a good cause. Many thanks to those who helped on the day and hopefully, we will repeat the event in two years time.

Sport Relief

Steve + Rob Cooper’s London Marathon Fund raiser 2010

 (all proceeds to MENCAP)

Hi Bere Regis Sportspeople and prospective MENCAP donors.  My son, Rob, and I are attempting to run the London Marathon on April 25th to raise money for MENCAP, the national charity which does such fantastic work supporting and representing the 1.5 million people in this country with learning disabilities.  We are hoping to raise over £2000 and would be grateful for any support – either via the website above or directly to us at Mount Pleasant, Barrow Hill or when you happen to see us pounding the streets of Bere.  Thanks very much in anticipation!     

Steve (01929 471351)

Spinal Research - London Marathon 2009

Hello All

David Rigler our football secretary ran the London Marathon on 26th April 2009 for the charity Spinal Research.  He completed it in 3 hours 33 minutes.  WELL DONE DAVID.

Just over 6 years ago a friend of David - Tom Harper - broke his neck in a swimming pool accident which left him paralysed from the neck down. Tom was just 24 when the accident happened and was very active enjoying lots of different sports. After spending a year in hospital Tom now lives with his girlfriend in Wimborne. He has re-built his life and remains positive. Tom is a former Bere Regis resident where his family still reside.
A bit about Spinal Research - More than 40,000 people in the UK are paralysed as the result of spinal cord damage and this type of injury can happen to anyone, often as a result of a sporting injury, road traffic accident or serious fall. The spinal cord cannot repair itself unaided, but research has already shown that there are ways to generate some re-growth in the spinal column. Spinal Research has no direct government funding so replies totally on donations.

David thanks for your support.  Donations so far:       £ 788.00

(Paris – April 2008)


All three managed to stagger round!!!   The Purbeck Gateway Club Appeal fund has a “running” total in excess of £1200 at the last count with money still coming in (it’s not too late to give!).  Many thanks to all our generous Bere Regis donors and to Pip Evans (Webmaster) and Alison Debenham (Parish Mag) for their support. 

The Champagne Sweepstake:

The team’s average finish time was:

4 hrs, 7 mins, 47 secs

...and so the popular winner of a fine bottle of bubbly (kindly donated by Mike Smeaton) is:

DAVE BHATTACHARJEE  of  Wool and Purbeck Squash Club who predicted 4 hrs, 8 mins.

marathon runners


Rob Cooper: aged 24.  

Purbeck School in 2002.  Still a student. Several caps for Bere Regis C.C. Stresses the importance of restand rehydration in his training. Paris will be his first marathon.  Aims to finish in front of his dad (or will never hear the last of it).

Bill Oakley: 56 year-old asthmatic.  

Tolpuddle resident (but Bere by adoption).  A former Purbeck School and Ferndown Upper teacher and member of Lytchett Manor Striders Running and Purbeck Squash Clubs.  Paris will be his fifth marathon.  Personal best 3 hours 18 minutes 40 seconds (1987).

Steve Cooper: 57 year-old asthmatic.  

Bere Regis C.C. VP and former “player”. Also a former Purbeck School and Weymouth College teacher and member of Lytchett Striders and Purbeck Squash Clubs. Paris will also be his fifth marathon.  Personal best 3 hours 23 minutes 20 seconds (1983).

Current World Record: 

2 hours 4 minutes 26 seconds.  Doubling this might be a shrewd sweepstake bet.