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Rotary Club of Ashby de la Zouch Castle
A great partnership - the Rotary Club of Ashby Castle and Ivanhoe Runners.
It was no accident that among the 250 volunteers helping to make the Aldi Ashby 20 yet another superb success – probably the best Ashby 20 ever – were 20 volunteers from the Rotary Club of Ashby Castle, 2/3 of the club membership.
The relationship between the Ashby Castle Rotary Club and Ivanhoe Runners goes back a few years, Alan Edwards having been a member of both organisations for some time. Then in 2014 Ivanhoe Runner Kevin Sanders went to the Rotary Club to present the thank you check from the Ashby 20 and was persuaded to join, so the clubs now share two members.
And the support works both ways. Rotary’s motto of “service above self” means that while the club often supports local community events, such as the Ashby 20, through providing stewards, marshals and the like, Ivanhoe Runners also support the Rotary Club of Ashby Castle in several ways.
Firstly, for the last few years Ivanhoe Runners have on one evening manned the Rotary Santa sleigh’s that tour the streets all through December up to Christmas Eve. The sleigh’s, organised by all three Rotary Clubs in Ashby, collect money that is then distributed to three chosen charities. Last December’s sleigh runs raised over £17,000 that was shared among Life Education Leicestershire, CLIC Sargent for children with cancer, and Leicestershire Hospitals Charity in support of the children’s cancer ward – all massively worthwhile causes.
More recently, with the Rotary Club’s Ashby Santa Fun Run and Walk, Ivanhoe Runners have played a part in that events success. With the “expertise” of both Kevin and Alan on the events organising committee, Ivanhoe Runners also provide marshals for the key road crossings, and kit and equipment to stage the event. And, most importantly, Ivanhoe Runners have supported the event by them and their families turning up to take part on the day, a fact that is well recognised by the Rotary Club. Some of them are also sponsors of the event, which in 2016 raised a massive £11,100 for local charities, including £8,500 for Hospice Hope, a local charity providing support to people with life-limiting illnesses.
There are other Rotary and Ivanhoe links. Any Ivanhoe Runners who have done the Race the Train event at Towyn in Wales may have been surprised on their first visit to find that many of the marshals out in the valley are from the Rotary Club of Ashby Castle, and always give the Ivanhoe Runners a huge cheer. Regular Ivanhoe attendees now camp on the Rotary campsite in what has become an annual pilgrimage.
Towns like Ashby-de-la-Zouch thrive by making the most of their “community” feel, and events like the Ashby 20 and the Santa Fun Run and Walk that embrace many organisations from across the community reinforce that. And the link between Ivanhoe Runners and the Rotary Club of Ashby Castle helps both organisations, and ultimately the running and local community. Long may it continue!