About The Alton Water Run
Starting 11 years ago, the Alton Water Run was the proposition of a Stutton Primary School parent who, together with another parent from Tattingstone Primary School, started to plan a charity run in aid of local schools in the villages bordering the Alton Water reservoir. As the planning unfolded, Holbrook Primary School became involved and they were joined a few years later by Holbrook Academy. As the number of schools has grown, so has the event, which started with just 70 runners. The original 10K race was joined by a 5K race in 2012 and a 2K fun run in 2013. The event has grown from an idea to a huge, fun experience every year for local people and beyond. Other additions have included stalls, refreshments and live music. Chip-timing was added in 2017 to provide a more accurate time for finishers in the 5K and 10K races.
The Alton Water Run is proud to support our local schools on the Shotley peninsula, the schools rely heavily on the funds you raise! Your donations help towards equipment and facilities for both indoor and outdoor sports, help organise school events such as musicals and inter-school tournaments, and provide funds for school trips and projects. In 2017 the four schools shared £15 000 and used £3 750 as follows:
Holbrook Academy put its money towards the cost of staging the school’s production of “Grease”.
Holbrook Primary has replaced 11 laptops for use at school.
Tattingstone’s money has gone towards the cost of a canopy to provide sheltered outdoor space. This allows the children to move between buildings without getting wet when it rains.
Stutton Primary has bought various items for outdoor play and the foundation classroom.
The Local Area
The reservoir is the largest area of inland water in Suffolk. It covers an area of nearly 400 acres in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is home to a variety of interesting waterfowl, especially in winter. Local volunteers have set up conservation zones and bird hides. The land that disappeared under the water was mostly agricultural. Two interesting buildings in the area were due to be covered – Alton Hall was lost, but Alton Mill was dismantled and rebuilt at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket. It is Anglian Water’s fourth largest reservoir and was constructed to deal with a local water shortage. It currently provides the drinking water for 200,000 customers.