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"I admit that I don't really like running but I actually had a fun day! It made running seem like a party in the park."

– Stacey, Kennington, London

London Tree-Athlon 2008

Saturday 20th September 2008, Battersea Park

The 2008 London Tree-Athlon kicked off on a lovely sunny day with close to 2,000 Tree-Athletes gathering at the starting line to help make their city greener. A similar number of tree enthusiasts came to cheer up the runners and took part in fun activities including Big Beat percussion's workshop, massages, face painting, tree walks and a family tree trail!

Des Ryner led the warm-up and stretching routine with Rupert the Bear whilst Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins and comedienne Shazia Mirza were in charge of the starter's gun. They were also joined by Mark Thomas and the lovely Miss Earth London, who were at hand to keep the Tree-Athletes giggling throughout the day!

It's thanks to our sponsors and all the Tree-Athletes that you we can continue our greening work across the UK and beyond. So if you haven't yet reached your £25 target please make a final push for it amongst your friends and send a cheque made payable to Trees for Cities, before 6th October, along with your sponsorship form to London Tree-Athlon, Trees for Cities, Prince Consort Lodge, Kennington Park, Kennington Park Place, London, SE11 4AS.

Now, if you weren't able to attend the prize-giving ceremony here are the heroes of the day:

Congratulations to this year's Tree-Athlon winners!

Fastest female

Harriet Boughton (Runner number 1268) – 20.25mins

Runner up females

Sophia Maslin (runner no. 1271) – 20.29mins
Lucinda Hensman (runner no. 387) – 20.53mins

Fastest man

Matt Thompson (runner no. 1501) – 16.50mins

Runner up men

Daniel Herlihy (runner no. 1722) – 17.11mins
Matt Ponting (runner no. 394) – 17.44mins

Congratulations to our top fundraisers too!

The top fundraiser was Leo Hambro who raised a whopping £1,800 (which means that Leo keeps his title from last year)!

  • Renata Loj (runner no 796) who raised £808.82
  • Amanda Evans (runner no. 651) who raised £778.79
  • Andrew Cartland (runner no. 85) who raised £635.58
  • Martina Tromsdorf (runner no. 1) who raised £633.59
  • Leo Charalambides (runner no. 134) who also raised £570.77 and has been one of our best supporters over the years

The top Corporate Team was Leo Hambro and the Russian Timber Group who had 27 runners and raised £1,800!

The runner up corporate team went to Claire Cordingley and the Future Consideration Team who raised £798.21.

Take a look at our photo gallery and try to spot yourself! (We will be adding photos as they come in.)