Successful Chew Valley Santa Scramble!

A staggering 500 Santas of all ages took part in this year’s Santa Scramble on Sunday 2nd December, sponsored by Winford Ford, in challenging conditions. This year, the 1k Mini Scramble was organised by Chew Valley School A Level Business students, as part of their course (pictured). Now in its second year, this fun community event consists of a 1k Mini Santa Scramble in the grounds of Chew Valley School, where children (and adults) of all ages enjoyed a heart-pumping mass warm-up with local personal trainer, Ross Elliott, and then cleared the cobwebs running around the course dressed as Santa, supported by friends and family. The 6th Formers helped to create the 1K course after measuring it, it was marked out at 7.30am in the rain! They conducted sufficient health and safety checks and helped with the organisation of marshals and helping to get the right aged students to the right starting point, as well as providing the festive tunes to get people into the Christmas spirit. Children were rewarded with a clementine and festive medal by Father Christmas and his elves, recruited by the business students – thank you Mr James!

The 6th Form business students said of the event “We pulled together as a team and are pleased that we helped create such a successful event for the school and the wider community and what a great way to kick off the festive season”.

Feedback from the event organisers was glowing with Denise Mellersh saying “Please pass on our thanks and congratulations to Ollie, Lauren, Joe and Harry - they did an amazing job and are an absolute credit to you and the school. They were so helpful and polite and a real pleasure to work with”.

The 5k-ish Santa Scramble then followed and entrants made their way round the gorgeous lanes and fields of Chew Stoke and Chew Magna, taking in beautiful views and enjoying the Christmas spirit of the event! Over 40 marshals supported the Santas with jingle bells, Christmas music, encouragement and needed jelly beans! The overall winner was James Brodrick with a superb time with first female, Paula Crossman-Jones.

Race Director, Ann Booker, explained “We are delighted to have had so much support from the local community and it was fantastic to see everyone’s smiling faces, despite the weather. Our thanks go to our main sponsor, Justin Taylor of Winford Ford, for his support and also to our supporting business sponsors, to local landowners, Arthur David Food with Service, who provided clementines, parsnips and sprouts for the finishers, our many marshals and supporters and to the many staff and Sixth Formers of Chew Valley School, who have so generously enabled our event to happen”.

All funds raised will go to Chew Valley School, who are fundraising to provide outdoor sports equipment and also, local charity Mend The Gap (, which the school supports. Naftali Onchere from Mend The Gap took part in the 5k, pictured with Chew Valley School A Level students Ollie, Harry, Lauren and Joe, alongside Justin Taylor of Winford Ford and Jane Gardiner, Head of Computing, ICT and Business