Thank You to Everyone who came and supported the Witch Finder Trail 5k!





A huge thank you to everyone who came and supported the WitchFinder Trail 5k, it was a real community event with competitive runners, families, cani-cross, dog walkers and those with truly inspirational stories crossing the finish line. Participants were treated to a hidden surprise with the help of Kerry King from the Headgate Theatre who arranged characters from the era including Matthew Hopkins & John Stearne to greet them along the route. Matthew Hopkins was played by Will Parrick who starred as Matthew Hopkins in ‘The WitchFinder General’ film in 2006. The weather was as beautiful as the crowds who cheered the participants along. The route highlighted some of the historical sites, picturesque views and community achievements that Manningtree & Mistley has to offer.

Congratulations to all those who completed the course, a special congratulations to the first male finisher Tim Ballard completing in 19minutes 59seconds and to the first female finisher Madeline Lewis completing in 22minutes 45 seconds.  A huge well done to our CEO Michelle for completing her first ever 5k, we’re all very proud of her achievement, well done to all the staff and residents who completed the course and helped clear up afterwards.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the volunteer marshals who helped on the day, many of them came from the local Manningtree Community First Responders, the event couldn’t have happened without them all. Thank you to all the sponsors who also made the event happen, Riverside Taxis, Concord Property, Rollo Estates, The Crown in Manningtree, Edme, Bookers & Tescos. Our biggest thanks of all goes to our long term supporter Simon Tavner (also a member of Manningtree Community First Responders), he not only helps at the majority of our events but also was the organiser of the WitchFinder Trail 5k dedicating so much of his free time to make the event happen. We are still waiting for the total figure once all of the sponsorship comes in but we believe it to be just over £2000 to help adults with learning disabilities at Acorn Village. The total figure along with more pictures will be available on our social media sites, find these at the side of this page. With such positive feedback, and if our volunteers are happy to, we hope to run this event again next year.


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