The Graffham Run

Event Update – Saturday am: The Met Office have downgraded the yellow weather warning to ‘heavy rain and a moderate breeze’.  We will be going ahead as planned.  Please ensure you bring adequate clothing, there is ample bag drop space for additional gear.

2017 was a fantastic success and raised over £1,600 for Graffham and Duncton Schools.  We are very pleased to report that this money has been spent on the outdoor learning spaces at both schools, providing the pupils with much needed additional facilities.

The Graffham Run 2018 aims to build on last years’ success and assist the schools fund raising objectives.   Whilst funding remains in a critical state we want to do all we can to ensure that our local schools continue to thrive even in a difficult financial climate.  So all the money we raise from the event will go directly to the schools.

And what better way of raising money than a good dose of exercise!  So put the date in your diary, grab your trainers and join us for 5k or 10k or the Junior Fun Run.  See you there!Graffham Infants Duncton Juniors

A word from Helen Martin, Head Teacher………

The Graffham run was a success in two ways, it brought the school community together with runners from all over the local area.  It also gave us much needed funds to improve our outdoor learning environments at both schools.  It was a fantastic event which we all loved: children, parents, staff and the community.  Looking forward to the next one!



The Date :  The Time

Sunday 23rd September 2018
5k and 10k start time: 10.30am
Junior Fun Run start time: 11.30am
sorry – no dogs permitted to accompany registered persons on the route.

The Place:

Graffham Recreation Ground, The Street, Graffham, GU28 0QA

Access restrictions:

UPDATED 21 Sept: The Velo South 100-mile cycle event has been cancelled so there are no road closures around Graffham or Petworth.

Age restrictions:

10km: 15 years on the day of the event
5km: 11 years on the day of the event
Junior fun run:  Infants (4 to 7) and Juniors (8 to 11)

Facilities on the day:

Car parking is available on the recreation ground car park.
Male and Female changing rooms in the pavilion
Bar serving alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, teas and coffees
Hot dogs and ice-creams
Bag drop (free for participants)


We will have donation buckets at the event so bring all your spare pennies to pop into the pot, buy drinks, ice-creams, hot-dogs, etc.

Collect Sponsorship

Getting your family and friends to sponsor you is an excellent way of raising funds and will give you an extra boost when you’re training through the summer holidays.  You can do this in two ways:

  1. Create and share a fundraiser profile where others can sponsor you via the Total Giving site, or,
  2. Download a sponsorship form collecting the funds yourself which can be handed into the school or transferred to the Total Giving page after the run.

The route

5km and 10km loop

click to enlarge the route

This year we will start and finish the runs within the Graffham Recreation Ground – this means the 5km loop will be 5.1km and the 10km loop will be 10.2km.

Runners head South on the grass then onto a hard compacted footpath, up a gentle incline passing Graffham Infant School and the church.  We will be turning through the West Gate onto the long tarmac drive down to Seaford College. Here you will have fantastic views over the stud farms towards Petworth.

On reaching Seaford College we will turn left, through Wallace Square crossing a short patch of compacted flint before joining a track that takes you to the top of Norwood Lane and shortly back onto smooth tarmac. Beautiful Beech and Oak trees line both sides of this road.  Where the road turns away we will join the bridleway, heading straight back towards Graffham.  A small dip in the path means the last stretch is a gentle incline before you re-appear on the Recreation Ground to the cheers and adulation of the supporters as you sprint (or shuffle) towards the finish line.

Congratulations! you’ve just run 5km… unless you want to do another lap ???

Junior Fun Run @ 11.30am

Click to view the FunRun route

Not to be overlooked, our little stars will get the chance to run around the recreation ground in their own event. Registration for the Fun Run will be on the day.  £2 per child.

Reception to Yr2 (age 4 -7) run one lap of approx. 400 metres

Yr3 – Yr7 (age 8 – 11) run two laps, approx. 800 metres.