Inaugural race raises thousands for school and swimming pool

Runners taking part in the first ever Derwent Dash.
Runners taking part in the first ever Derwent Dash.

Runners pounded the roads of Stamford Bridge and nearby villages for a new race which raised funds for a primary school and swimming pool

The inaugural Derwent Dash was a 10km race through Stamford Bridge, High Catton and Low Catton, and 400 people took part in the fundraiser on Sunday (17 May). The race was started by the Bishop of Selby, the Right Rev Dr John Thomson.

There was also a children’s 1km fun run before the main race outside the primary school playground.

The congregation of St John the Baptist Church in Stamford Bridge joined in the Derwent Dash, without running a mile. The church held an outdoor service and cheered on the runners.

The fundraising total is not yet known, but it is believed to be between £4,000 and £5,000. This will be split between Stamford Bridge Primary School and the community swimming pool at the school.

Race organiser Jessica Fox said: “We are delighted with how much it raised. All being well it will go ahead next year.”

See this week’s paper (21 May) for more pictures.