Horseless Team Event 2014
Almost 300 runners and numerous walkers are estimated to have raised about £10,000 for charity by participating in this Rotary Club's 31st Horseless Team Event on Sunday 5th October 2014.
About half the money will have been raised by the enthusiastic runners, as sponsorship from their friends, family and colleagues; the rest will be channelled to local causes by The Rotary Club of the South Cotswolds, which has members in the Tetbury and Malmesbury area.
The all-terrain cross-country course took the runners, canni-crossers and walkers over the world famous Badminton Horse Trials obstacles. By invitation of the Duke of Beaufort, this unique course is on his estate, along country tracks, in sight of the deer herds, and through fields, woods and meadows, only twice crossing a tarmac road. Runners entered as individuals or in teams, for the 5, 9 or 13 mile events, reinforcing how the H.T.E is an excellent event for friendly team rivalry or a family day out.
Several contractors worked well with us at the event; Sport Systems provided the timing tags that each runner wore, giving their race time upon crossing the finish mat. The other companies were more local: Cotswold Spring Water, Richardson Marquees, Nurdens, Eagle Hire, PA Communications, Abbey Printing and Bosom Buddies, who were on site selling sports clothing. Our hearthelt thanks go out to our volunteers and their families. We will be giving well-deserved donations to each of their charities and we hope that they will continue to find it an entertaining way to raise money for their causes.
With over thirty years of experience organising this event, the Club members ensure that every registered entrant gets a medal at the finish; first and second over the line, and teams winning each category, received a trophy from our Rotary District Governor. The team aspect of the event remains special as each team’s result rewards mutual support and teamwork. The best fancy dress team at the beginning of the race received a trophy, from our District Governor’s wife. As a result of discussing our proposal with our host, canni-crossers were made welcome, doing the same course, albeit from a nearby, but separate start. The course was well marked; radios, water and First Aid were available around the course, the equestrian obstacles had been prepared for runners and were marshalled.
The spectators had a great time enjoying the park in the fine weather. After the start they congregated mainly by the lake crossing; many pet dogs came too, but with so many deer and sheep around, they had to keep their owners on a lead.
Here is some of the feedback we have received:
‘With the ever growing popularity of muddy multi terrain events, with a few obstacles
added to make it just that bit more challenging, the Horseless Team Event is quite
possibly the grand-daddy of them all!’ HTE Newbie 2014
‘Just a quick thank you to all for the fabulous set up, organisation and marshalling
of the 2014 Horseless event. A great run and very enjoyable & made easy by perfect organisation. Thank you!’ Individual Runner 2014
‘It is the team aspect that makes the HTE so different for us; I bring several teams to encourage teamwork and friendly rivalry’ Sports Organiser 2014
We look forward to running the 32nd Badminton Horseless Team Event on Sunday 4th October 2015.