Reader letter: Sunday Funday showed off Fakenham at its very best

Scenes from the Easter Sunday Funday in Fakenham. Picture: ACTIVE FAKENHAM.

Scenes from the Easter Sunday Funday in Fakenham. Picture: ACTIVE FAKENHAM. - Credit: Archant

I want to say thank you to the many people and local businesses that supported the recent Fakenham Easter Sunday Funday.

Scenes from the Easter Sunday Funday. Picture: ACTIVE FAKENHAM

Scenes from the Easter Sunday Funday. Picture: ACTIVE FAKENHAM - Credit: Archant

It was a fantastic day, and, to my knowledge, the biggest sporting participation event in the town for many, many years.

We had around 600 people taking part in some highly competitive and exciting Criterium cycle racing and a rousing 5K running race with a high class field.

At least as important were the many people coming along to take part for fun, or the challenge.

It was great to see dozens of young people and children being involved as well as older people; the ages ranged from two years to over eighty. There were hundreds of spectators lining the streets and some even stayed to watch the full six hours of racing.

Scenes from the Easter Sunday Funday. Picture: ACTIVE FAKENHAM

Scenes from the Easter Sunday Funday. Picture: ACTIVE FAKENHAM - Credit: Archant


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The Easter Sunday Funday was made possible by the generous support from so many people and businesses.

I am not going to try to list them all (although I feel maybe I should) but it was fantastic to see the level of support and generosity.

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What struck me was that people gave and contributed what they could.

So from some of the bigger businesses we were given cash donations as they realised what an expensive and time consuming event it is to run. Others gave up their time with many people working hard all day on their Easter Sunday holiday.

Some businesses and organisations donated goods and services such as food or transport.

We gave out to competitors and spectators hundreds of Easter eggs, oranges, medals, drawstring bags and more.

The feedback and comments we have received have been massively positive.

The day presented Fakenham and its residents in a good light and as a pleasant and welcoming town.

I have been told by many who visited that they intend to come back soon.

Next week we are having a debrief meeting and welcome any comments or feedback via our social media, email or website.

It really was a 'Funday' with a carnival atmosphere.

It was good natured and friendly and focused on a community spirit around a well-being theme at a time that is a struggle for many in our community.

RICHARD CROOK

Chairman

Active Fakenham.

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