Hilly Helmet 2023 – A Magnificent 7th!

We were thrilled to hold our 7th Hilly Helmet Challenge at Leighton Recreation centre again on Wednesday August 16th and we were really pleased with how things went as we sought to raise awareness and funds for charity partner Brain Tumour Support.

  Led by race director Robin-Mark, whose helmet represented the phrase ‘King of the hill’, people really entered into the spirit once again, creating some great headgear in a bid to land the prize for the Best Helmet on the night and the judges from Brain Tumour Support and Sportsbug in Trowbridge had a hard time making their choice, eventually choosing a high stacked birthday cake hat worn by Rohaise from Chippenham, delighted to be a winner on her birthday.

Hannah, Kelly and Becca were a human fruit machine with some familiar images on their headgear, while Richard (below) seems to have brought some of his garden with him!

124 people took part, raising smiles and valuable funds once again. The money raised from entry fees was complimented by a raffle held by event partner Sportsbug with ticket sales also going to Brain Tumour Support. Helmeteers also dug deep to support the tombola which also helped add to the total.

First finisher was Ed Knudsen, scoring a hat trick of wins  over the last 3 years, finishing the 4 ish mile course in 25:38, over 2 minutes in front of second placed finisher John Reed. First lady was Anna-Marie Watson in 32:47, both pictured with Best Helmet winner Rohaise.

Today, Helmeteer Mark Barnett (pictured right) and I visited Brain Tumour Support to present them with the proceeds of this years event. Between us were Tina Mitchell-Skinner, founder of the charity and Louise Gallard, fundraising and partnerships manager. We were thrilled to hand them a cheque for £8300 which included a large donation from Crane Charitable Funds, to whom Mark applied on our behalf in the lead up to this years event, securing $7500 to really make this year an amazing total.

We’d like to sincerely thank everyone for their participation and generosity once again this year and hope to see you again next year. Details of proposed date will be published soon, after a well earned rest.