The Hook Fun Run and Road Races are entirely non-profit making, and would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors and enthusiastic volunteers. If you’d like to be part of this great community event but running is a little too strenuous for you, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll let you know where we need help!
The Hook Fun Run and How It Began
Way back in 1991, at a Hook Junior School Governors’ Meeting, some record-checking revealed that in 1993 the school would be 150 years old. The governors agreed that this momentous event should be marked in some way within the village of Hook and the surrounding area.
Two of the governors, namely John Lambert and Graham Kingsbury. were asked to set up a working party to look at how this landmark could be celebrated. They explored several ideas, all of which revolved around the central theme of involving the village. One of the events they considered was some sort of village Fun Run.
As luck would have it, another working party was also in action at this time looking at ways for St John’s Church to raise money for the extension to the new parish room. This group was headed by Bob Ashwood who had also had the idea of staging a Fun Run. Very quickly the two groups came together and the Hook Fun Run was born, with Bob Ashwood as founding chairman.
The first Hook Fun Run was held on 16th May 1992, starting and finishing at the Hook Junior and Infants School. A total of 225 runners took part over 2.5 miles or 5 miles. Proceeds from the first event were split between three Hook organisations – St John’s Church, Hook Youth Club and the Old Folk’s Club.
By 1996 the event had expanded to take in a 10 mile road race, 5 mile road race and 2.5 mile fun run. In 2006 the 5 mile road race was replaced with a 6 mile race and a second 2.5 mile run was added.
In 2014 we passed a major fundraising milestone when our total donations passed the £100,000 mark and we also introduced electronic chip timing. 2015 was another milestone with over 1,000 finishers for the first time.
2016 saw major re-organisation of the event as the Hook Schools site, our home for the previous 24 years was no longer available to us due to the building work and expansion of the schools’ site. The event moved to a new home at Hartletts Park and we took the opportunity to introduce the Hook 10K, replacing the 6 mile race, alongside a new Hook 10 Mile course and the ever popular two 2.5 Mile runs.
From small beginnings the Hook Fun Run & Road Race has expanded to nearly four times its original size and now raises thousands of pounds every year for local good causes.