Barnard Castle School's annual Barney Bash run boosts funds for Safe Water Trust (From The Advertiser Series)
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Barnard Castle School's annual Barney Bash run boosts funds for Safe Water Trust
YOUNGSTERS at Barnard Castle School came under starter's orders for a historic race which this year will help provide safe drinking water in more than 20 countries.
The Barney Bash has been staged for more than a century.
It began life as a paper chase but has developed into a cross country run around the school grounds and nearby Demesnes sports fields.
As well as running for a host of cups and shields, the young athletes were raising money for the Safe Water Trust, a County Durham charity established by John and Gill Griffith, who were guests of honour at the Barney Bash.
The trust provides aquafilters, which were designed and developed by Mr Griffith, to communities without a safe supply of drinking water.
The trust also works in partnership with rotary clubs and rotarians in Durham District have agreed to match the sum raised by the school.