Run Barns Green 2021 – Supporting Our Community

We were very proud to be the Main Sponsor of Run Barns Green 2021. Guy has competed for many years often running with his brother and with the rest of the family cheering them on. With many fond memories of past runs and the amazing atmosphere generated, supporting the RBG Committee and the village community was something Guy wanted to do for a number of years. “Running and being active outdoors is an integral part of my lifestyle; it helps me clear my mind and maintain my discipline and focus on running the business.” “I have always wanted to support this great local event and promote horticulture to my fellow runners.”

Guy and Ally Baker from the Run Barns Green Committee shake palms and plan the year ahead

Vernon Jennings, Chairman of the Run Barns Green Committee, commented, “We are delighted to welcome Architectural Plants as our main sponsor. Their close links and understanding of our event has been so refreshing and they have shown tremendous enthusiasm and creativity in how they have approached this partnership which I am sure will be very successful. The new sponsorship with Architectural Plants is very timely as we launch our new Run Barns Green name and logo. The Barns Green Half Marathon has become a very established event in the local area over the last 38 years.”

Very early on the morning of the race we left our nursery with a lorry packed full of plants and set off to build an avenue of Niwaki and Tropical palms to decorate the runners’ start and finish line and embellish the winners’ podium.

Laying out the avenue, Owner, Guy, tidying and positioning an Ilex crenata ‘Niwaki’

Through the Trachycarpus fortunei fronds
The 10k runners are off
Laurus nobilis topiarised cones underplanted with Euonymus macrophyllus at the instagram wall
The winner’s podium with full-standard Trachycarpus fortunei left and right

Amy, Tom, Zac, Debbie, Abi, Flo and Kaelan Team AP by the winners podium

Runners from across our company completed in both the 10k and Half Marathon. Our Head of Development, Jay. Garden Design Manager, Debbie and Garden Designer, Amy. Deputy Sales Manager, Florence. Nursery Manager, Abi. Nursery Propagator, Tom. Planting Team Member, Zac. Our Viewscape apprentice, Kaelan. All finished in impressive times – well done team! The green was alive with people enjoying the opportunity to be out and about. There was a funfair, lots of different stalls and steel band music to keep everyone entertained.

The two races were started by local Horsham MP Jeremy Quin. The Half Marathon started at 10am and the 10k at 10.20am. It was so good to see the enthusiasm of all the runners as they got the chance to run again in a proper race after all the delays and cancellations caused by Covid.

Debbie with her 10k medal
Amy still smiling after the 10K
Kaelan, one of our Viewscape Apprentices with his 10k medal
Jay and our 10k team
Debbie finishing the 10k run

Run Barns Green 2022 – 40th Anniversary Race Day

Looking ahead, 2022 will be the 40th anniversary of the run. Planning is underway to make the ‘Big 40’ a very special event. We’ll be there and would love to see you on the start line or turning out to cheer on the village and your friends.

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There’s plenty of time to train up and get run ready. Why not set yourself a challenge to make your way to the start line on Sunday 25th September 2022.

We hope you can join us for another action packed Run Barns Green Race Day.