Early Bird Run raises £890 for benevolent fund.

28 March 2022 BTME

The Syngenta Early Bird Run at BTME 2022 raised £890 for the Greenkeepers Benevolent Fund.

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One advantage of holding BTME in March was that it was light and bright for the 6.30am Syngenta Early Bird Run on the Wednesday morning.

There were 38 keen runners who set out for the 5km course, taking in some of Harrogate’s steepest hills, and they all made it back in good spirits.

Wesley Henshaw from KAR UK, Hunter distributor in the UK, was first back. He said: “We’ve had a great BTME so far and I thought it would get me up and out of the door and it’s an opportunity to support a good cause.”

Furthermore, 51 people recorded an activity on the Strava Hicure Run Club over the duration of BTME, making a total of 89 runners who have earned an £890 donation from Syngenta to the BIGGA Greenkeepers Benevolent Fund.

Thanks also go to the BIGGA committee and supporters for turning out of their beds early in the morning to steward the course.

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© BIGGA GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans joined the run

Joining the fun run was Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) CEO Rhett Evans, fresh off the back of hosting their own conference and trade show in San Diego.

Rhett said: “BTME is awesome. It’s good to be back – the last time I was here was 2018, so to be here after three years and seeing all my good friends and the industry partners is terrific.

Syngenta did a great job again of sponsoring an event that’s dear to my heart. It’s important for all of us – for our mental as well as our physical health – to get out, do a little exercise, clear the mind and take care of the body. It’s not every morning that I get up and run around a city like Harrogate with good hills, good scenery and a lot of good friends.”


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Karl Hansell
BIGGA | Head of Marketing and Communications

Karl has been head of communications for BIGGA since March 2016. His duties include editing the monthly Greenkeeper International magazine, in addition to other communications activities for the association.


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