24 Hour Human Hamster Wheel Challenge – Southend, Essex -21-22 May 2016

Local resident Dean Ovel, 39, designed a six foot diameter wooden ‘hamster wheel’ in which to carry out this challenge to raise funds for Southend Hospital Charity’s Dementia Appeal. Starting at mid-day on 21 May, and positioned in Southend’s busy High Street, Dean ran non-stop for 24 hours – only stopping for toilet breaks. Finishing on Sunday 22 May after covering nearly 81 miles, Dean celebrated with his wife, children and supporters. Dean is also illustrated here after 9.5 hours and 40 miles covered in the dark of Saturday evening, still facing a whole night and morning of continuous running.

Dean is hoping to raise £10,000 for the appeal, donations towards which can be made here: Just Giving



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Vintage Flying Event – Stow Maries – 15 May 2016

An airshow and fly-in took place at Stow Maries Aerodrome – the most original World War One aerodrome still in existence. The aerodrome opened in 1916 as one of three locally with the aim of protecting London from attack by Zeppelin airships and Gotha bombers. When closed in 1919 after a short period of service the land was returned to agricultural use, but many of the buildings have remained untouched into their centenary. Work has taken place over recent years to restore the structures and produce a museum site illustrating the aerodrome’s wartime existence. A number of replica Great War aircraft are now based here and one of those, a BE2, performed at the event, a type that served here one hundred years ago. The weekend’s weather was changeable but mostly fine, allowing for a large turn-out of visiting light aircraft and a small display programme.

For further events throughout the year visit http://www.stowmaries.org.uk/news/events for details.



The London Marathon – Tower Hill – 24 April 2016

First run on 29 March 1981, the 36th Marathon saw the 38000 elite, club and fun runners racing passed the iconic London locations such as the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace, before finishing in The Mall. Kipchoge won the men’s race and Sumgong the women’s . 2016 saw the one millionth competitor crossing the finish line, amongst the masses of public ballot runners – many in costume and a great number raising vast sums for charity. President Obama passed overhead at one point in ‘Marine One’ transiting from Windsor to Stansted Airport before departing for Germany in ‘Air Force One’.