It is with great sadness that we announce Spring Surrey Badger on Sunday 19th March 2017 will be our last event.
When Alan and I opened our running shop 'Run to Live' in Ashtead in 2008 we included a half marathon to raise money for the Rainbow Trust in Bookham in the business plans. That event was a success, so we added more events to the portfolio and ironed out the creases and Events to Live was born.
The events sector is rapidly changing. We wanted to leave it more enriched than we found it and for us and all of you runners to look back on our legacy and say 'blimey, they were great events!'.
We are so very proud of what we have achieved and hope that you are too. And of course, we could not have achieved it without the help of so many.
So without offering presidence to any, we would like to thank Sportsystems chip timing company and Sussex Sport Photography for being with us from the very start. Local companies Fine Fettle Multi Healthcare and Babes on the Run for warming us up and cooling us down and raising money for charity along the way.
Our various sponsors, Hoka One One, Brooks and Mizuno Running.
Our various charities, Princess Alice Trust, First Touch Neonatal Unit, Queen Elizabeth Foundation, Headley Court, Combat Stress, Rainbow Trust, Tadworth Children's Trust, Brooklands School, Shooting Star CHASE, Downs Syndrome, British Red Cross, Surrey Wildlife Trust and National Trust.
Surrey East Girlguiding association for supporting us with so many wonderful marshals who have cheered you all in rain and shine, freezing cold and boiling hot and always with a smile and a wave. We could not have done it without them.
A special mention to John Baker who helped develop the Badger route and Andy Fay and Dorking and Mole Valley Running club who organised the Bookham 10k and Denbies 10 for years before handing them over to our care.
And our various landowners and venues. The National Trust and Surrey Wildlife Trust, Mole Valley District Council, the Forestry Commission, Waverley Council, the Wotton Estate, Dunsfold Aerodrome, Polesden Lacey Infant School, Polesden Lacey National Trust, Leatherhead Lesire Centre and first and foremost Denbies Vineyard who have offered their fantastic venue over many years. But it is not the end for all of our events. Denbies Vineyard have taken sole ownership of Bacchus and will carry on the legacy we have build together. Bacchus Marathon and Half will take place at Denbies vineyard on Sunday 10th September and you can register or read more information on it here.
And for us? We want to thank you sincerely for supporting us. We started with Badger all those years ago and so we will end with Badger. Entries are still open for the event and we hope to see you at Denbies in March for one last hurrah.
With much love and many thanks Nicky and the ETL team.