THE HISTORY OF THE BUTTERCUP RUN
Two years ago Oxfordshire farmer David Farrant offered YoCO his beautiful buttercup fields at Manor Farm for a cross country run raising money for Youth Challenge Oxfordshire (YoCO)...
...the Buttercup Run was born.
Beside the River Thames on a glorious May day the first buttercup runners, YoCO young people, walkers and various dogs gathered in the sunshine to take on the challenge. The fastest runner came in at 23 minutes and the slowest took all afternoon as they had stopped to picnic along the way! It was a great success, enjoyed by everyone of all ages and abilities and, supported by Abingdon Rotary who provided a delicious post run barbecue for the runners and their supporters, YoCO raised over £2,000 for their youth programme.
In 2019, we had another successful charity event with many YoCO young people running, and the High Sheriff! We also had the Army volunteering which was a great addition and the buttercups were out in force.
In 2020, now in it's third year, the Buttercup Run has become a much anticipated event. Despite the unprecedented times of COVID-19, and the very different circumstances we are in, we are determined to go ahead with a 'virtual' edition. We are calling on as many people as possible to join together over our June weekend to help us to hit this year’s target of £5,000.
This year we have chosen to share the money we raise between YoCO and The Nasio Trust in Kenya where floods, food shortages and the threat of COVID-19 are making an already hard life extremely difficult. YoCO young people have experienced many fantastic trips to Kenya over each year, however sadly there can be no YoCO trips in 2020 due to the global situation, so our Oxfordshire young people want to continue to support the friends they made during their own wonderful volunteering trips to Mumias in the past.