The Ponton Plod
The Ponton Plod was started in 2007 by Stuart and Kath Ashley with a choice of two distances, 17 or 27 miles and attracted an entry of 89 which was a reasonable number for the first year. In 2009 it was decided to introduce a shorter 12 mile route to try and attract more local walkers who may not want to do a longer distance. Although this attracted a few local walkers it attracted a lot of club runners. Since then entry numbers have increased most years and saw our largest entry in 2012 with 248 entrants about half of these were runners. The event was not run in 2014 due to ill health.
Marshals and helpers on the day comprise of friends, members of Notfast RC which Stuart and Kath are members, and members of a Grantham Church without whose help the event would not be possible.
The proceeds of the event in 2016 will go to Besso Childrens Home in Hosur, India and Macmillan Cancer Support (Sponsor forms are available for those entrants wishing to raise extra funds for Macmillan). In 2012 the total raised was £2150.
The event starts and finishes at The Village Centre, Great Ponton, near Grantham and all routes use footpaths, bridleways, tracks and minor roads towards The Vale of Belvoir, the longer routes passing through several picturesque villages. Checkpoints serving refreshments and drinks (hot at some checkpoints) are situated at about 6 mile intervals and home made soup and puddings are provided at the finish, all included in the entry fee.
Certificates are given to all finishers, tee shirts and badges are available to purchase.
Starting time (runners & walkers) for 17 and 27 mile routes is 08.30 and for the 12mile route 09.30.