The LB5K event is a community event hosted by the kind folk of Little Bytham along with the generous support of volunteers from throughout the surrounding area. It’s been described as ‘Park Run meets Village Fete’, but is first and foremost an opportunity for those of all ages and abilities to explore the wonderful countryside that the village has to offer. As a happy coincidence, it also provides an opportunity to raise much needed funds for local causes, not least the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance, which provides such a vital service to rural communities.
The LB5K run is set in and around The Grange where the current farmers, John & Guy, are the 4th generation of the family to have farmed here. It is an organic farm, certified by the Soil Association and the paths that have been set up around the farm’s perimeter are there to enable as many people as possible to enjoy it.
This year’s crops once again include Peas being grown for “Hodmedod” and remain, as far as we know, the only organically certified marrowfat peas to be found anywhere in the world.
The farm is also helping to pioneer a radically new concept in wheat production, where a diverse “population” or mix of varieties is grown together. Wheat harvested later this year will travel to Tuxford Windmill and on to a number of artisan bakeries, including the Small Food Bakery in Nottingham and the E5 bakehouse in Hackney, East London.
Proceeds from the LB5K event will provide a valuable source of support for a number of local causes, including the church, the village hall, and the brownies.
Our sincere thanks go out to everyone who has made this event possible, from the organising team to the course marshalls. However, it is you, the runners and walkers that make it all worthwhile and we wanted to take this opportunity to say a particularly big thank you to all those who offered such generous feedback after last year’s event, not least Stamford Striders who have included this as one of their Championship races this year.
We are also particularly grateful to the growing list of sponsors who support the event.
And finally, but most importantly, thank you to all our participants, who make the run such a success!