THE HISTORY OF THE BUTTERCUP CHALLENGE
In 2018, 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, then in its third year, the Buttercup Run was an event that went down in Buttercup History! Despite the unprecedented times of COVID-19, and the very different circumstances, our amazing supporters, friends and donors rallied together and ran, swam, jumped and cycled across the world for the VIRTUAL version of the Buttercup Run. Together, with your amazing efforts and the generosity of The Mosawi Foundation and the Beard Charitable foundation we raised a whopping...
*Unable to travel to Kenya due to Covid-19, the YoCO young people wanted to support the Nasio Trust by fundraising in the UK. They have already sent funds for hand sanitisers so the Buttercup Run 2020 was a huge opportunity to work together as part of a global community in the face of this pandemic.
Have a look through our gallery to see a collection of photos from previous editions of the Buttercup Run and also the charities in action having received valuable funds from this charity event.