Love Run

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As Storm Ciara raged around them, one hundred runners braved the winds to link Longparish with Barton Stacey – and send a firm message to Wheelabrator that they don’t want their incinerator here.

The 10Km Valentines “Love Run” raised around £500 for the Keep Test Valley Beautiful campaign fund

The route passed well-loved views of the downs which will be irretrievably damaged if the American developers get their way.

The two villages are the closest communities to the threatened monstrosity but the run drew entrants from a wide area, including Andover, Whitchurch and surrounding towns and villages. All will be affected by the scheme.

Some runners started at Barton Stacey and others from Longparish, with plenty of high fives as they passed each other on the way.

A cluster of politicians were also on hand. TVBC Leader Phil North started the Barton Stacey contingent and then ran the course, while fellow councillor David Drew acted as a marshal after waving off the Longparish runners.

Hampshire County Councillor Andrew Gibson was among the runners and Romsey and Southampton North MP Caroline Nokes dispensed drinks and jelly babies at the half way mark.

Run organiser Jeremy Barber declared the event “enjoyable and memorable”.

“The welcome in the village halls was amazing. It’s great that this event has got us talking together and helped focus on the threat to our beautiful countryside. The weather probably helped create a buzz of fun and achievement.”

A paramedic and first aiders were on hand, but were not needed.

Campaigners are gearing up for the next stage of the fight when Wheelabrator submit their formal planning application later this year.

They are urging people to watch out for the 28-day window of opportunity to register to comment directly to the Government Inspectorate.



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