Monday 5 December 2011

2011 Toy Run A Huge Success!

On behalf of Ben, the organising team, the marshalls and all at Barnardo's High Close School we would like to express our sincere thanks to all 1700 run participants (on 1300 bikes) and to the local communities who turned out on the route to watch. It all made for a very successful occasion that we trust will be of benefit to many.

At Barnardo's the gifts were received by staff, volunteers and friends and school principal Zoe Lattimer addressed the crowd explaining how all the gifts will be used and distributed around many local and specialist projects.

News items and You Tube clips will follow shortly I am sure - as will a feature on the Bike Channel broadcast on Sky Channel 203 on Boxing Day, 7.30pm.

In the meantime here's a link to ITV Meridian News item.

The following clip is the last 4 minutes of highlights of the official Reading Toy Run video, released in 2010, which is a colourful 68 minute video that captures the heart and soul of the Reading Toy Run. It includes interviews with the organisers and bikers with shots along the route from Reading to Barnardo's School in Wokingham. There's even some footage from 1985! It's a light-hearted video from start to finish accompanied by a superb music track kindly supplied by local bands.

To order the video you can down load an order form HERE

On behalf of us all involved we would like to extend our warmest Christmas greetings to all the friends and supporters of the event. May something of the Spirit of the Christ child, Immanuel, 'God with us', be real to you and those you love this Christmas. Cheers and God bless - we do indeed thank God for you.
Sean Stillman

2011 Reading Toy Run - Riding in memory of founding participant John Thorogood and run chief marshall, Peter Allen who both died recently - 'in the sure and certain hope that their journey continues'.