Shapwick Bunny Hop 2016: The Stormy One
The 9th Shapwick Bunny Hop took place, as usual, on Easter Monday. Runners and organisers had to deal with the effect of the overnight onslaught of Storm Katie. The course, set the day before, was torn apart: arrow markers were soggy and flapping, mile markers had snapped and been blown into ditches, and three trees had fallen across the footpath near Canada Drove making the last part of the course virtually impassable! Luckily, with all hands on deck for a bit of remedial work, and the high winds having abated, everything was ready for the race in the nick of time.
67 runners, 15 walkers and 30 children entered the various events. The Junior Hop was held on the village green, which had been beautifully mown by the Jenkins family (a huge thank you to them for this). First junior male and female were Mason Coombes and Holly Bagnowiec (KS1), and Charlie Tucker and Eloise Evans (KS2). All finishers received a medal engraved with ‘Shapwick Bunny Hop’ and winners received certificates and Easter goodies.
After a safety briefing at the hall, runners formed a procession of brightly coloured running vests to the main race start in Vicarage Lane. The route is a 7.5 mile trail run down through the fields to Buscott Farm, along the Nature Reserve and back up to Shapwick via a very muddy Canada Drove and Kent Lane. The added adventure this year was provided by the fallen trees and no course records were set (due to wind and foliage!). The winning male was Nick Briffitt, winning female was Niki Fulstow (both from Weston AC) and first Shapwick runner home was Tom Mills. Other Shapwick participants included Adam Smith and Will Rogers (both from Shapwick) and Anthony Lipmann from Pedwell.
This year the delicious brunch was provided by the village hall ladies, Nerina, Helen, Claire and Bridget. Proceeds from refreshments went to the hall. A further donation from race proceeds will be made to St Margaret’s Hospice.
The Bunny Hop is a firm event on Shapwick’s calendar. Next year will be the 10th! It attracts many competitors from different areas as well as local runners, and has become an Easter tradition for Shapwick. Shapwick Runners are very grateful to all the local landowners who are happy for us to run through their land and put up signage in their fields.
We are also extremely grateful for all the help we receive from volunteers on race day, both marshalling and at HQ, and would like to offer all our official helpers a free drink at the next village hall pub night (date to be confirmed so look out for details).
Results from 2016 are available here: