Dismay at lack of support

Action from the Alnwick Trail Runner events in previous years.
Action from the Alnwick Trail Runner events in previous years.

The Alnwick Trail run has been going for just two years and yet has been hugely successful at encouraging adults and young children to participate in sport.

The two runs that I and my two sons (two and four) have participated in were well-organised and great fun. The kids really enjoyed the experience and were really enthused to compete and participate in sport, which is important in an era of childhood obesity and over-reliance on ‘screens for entertainment’.

Through the race last year, my son and I raised over £500 for Shine the Light on Aniridia – a charity set up to fund research into a rare, but significant, cause of blindness affecting a brave young girl within our community.

It is with great disappointment and dismay to learn that this event is unable to continue due to Alnwick Castle and Northumberland Estate’s unwillingness to have access to their land and a huge hike in the charges they are levying for the event organisers to use the grounds of Alnwick Castle and Hulne Park.

Additionally, they have stipulated that the race should start and finish on a main road, which is completely inappropriate for the safety of children.

They should be ashamed because the run does nothing but good.

It unites the Alnwick community, it gives people the opportunity to raise money for charity, it promotes confidence in young people to participate in sport and it is a fantastic day for families to enjoy all that is great about Alnwick.

I would urge the Northumberland Estates to reconsider their stance on this event and to actively support their local community.

Dr Ken Hodson,

Longhoughton