Over one hundred hill runners took part
Lidlington villagers came together on Bank Holiday Monday (7 May 2018) to cheer on those taking part in the annual Hill Run.
Over one hundred (116) runners of all ages ran up Lidlington Hill (possibly John Bunyan’s “Hill of Difficulty“) and back again.
The task was harder this year as it was the hottest Early May Bank Holiday since it was introduced in 1978.
Organised by the Lidlington Sports Club, the run was reintroduced into village life to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977.
Medals and trophies were presented at the Green Man to all category winners. Runners were divided into different categories:
- School years R and 1-2
- 11 and adults
The adult winners were:
- Richard Piper Trophy (1st male) Luke Farmer (5:28)
- Brian Adams Trophy (1st female) Hannah Lingard (6:27)
- Philip Hughes Trophy (male veteran) Douglas Brain (5:45)
- Mick Eames Trophy (female veteran) Zoey Didlick (6:43)
- Last Pub in the Village Guest Trophy Josh Rogers (4:35)
Sweets were given to all the children who took part.
The hill run made £235, which will go towards the upkeep of the village’s Sports Pavilion.
Local Plan worry amongst villagers
Some among the crowd wondered how events like this would be affected by Central Bedfordshire Council’s Local Plan. Under the plan Lidlington could be engulfed by 5000 new homes. This is 10 times the size of the current village.
Lidlington Action Group member, Victoria Crawshay, said:
“We are worried that this long running fun run will be impossible to hold due to all the traffic these new homes will bring to the area.”
A timetable for the public hearings about the plan has yet to be set.