Scorton villagers use bikes, barrows and feet to back campaign

The runners set off through Scorton in the Sherriff 10k
The runners set off through Scorton in the Sherriff 10k

What a winner...the newly-named Sherriff 10K run saw 158 runners race past the finishing post, boosting funds for village organisations and the Bottle Stop campaign.

The race was one of the highlights of Scorton’s three day Bikes and Barrows Festival, which also featured a one-mile Fun Run prior to the main 10k.

The annual festival raises funds for village organisations.

Visitors and residents alike enjoyed seeing numerous flower decorated bikes and barrows distributed around the village, in gardens and on buildings.

A flower festival at St Peter’s Church, a Spring Fair, the Rose Queen parade, wheelbarrow racing, a family bike ride, live music from Jay Diggins and band Greenheart, a special Songs of Praise and a dog show all added to the entertainment.

For widow Jane Sherriff and her children Megan and Rowan, it was a time to pay tribute to the memory of husband and dad Philip Sherriff and raise funds for the charity set up following his murder; £1 from each 10K race entry will go to the Bottle Stop fund.

Jane, who ran the 10K in 57 minutes, started the charity, which campaigns for the use of plastic glasses and banning of serving drinks in bottles/glasses in late night pubs and clubs, after her husband was murdered in a glassing attack in a London pub.

She has used the sunflower as an emblem of the Bottle Stop campaign and wore a sunflower outfit for the races.

Phil’s friend Chris Horner, who was the 10K Race steward, said Phil’s memory had been honoured in a very special way: “It was an amazing tribute to Phil.

“We had a 30 second round of applause at the start of the race.”