Leaving aside the equestrian eventing escapades of Ben Way and his superb team of good horses, Sam Butler and Richard Greasby have led the way in Butler Sherborn with their sporting endeavours in the past year.
Richard trained for many months to run his first Ultramarathon in June from Bath to Cheltenham, along the Cotswold Way. The race was over a distance of 100kms, and took place on the hottest day of the year, in June, with temperatures soaring to 35 degrees. Conditions were hardly ideal, and together with a climb up to the escarpment to 1000’, many withdrew at the 50kms stage. Richard, goaded and cajoled by his wife, Carol, dug very deep and finally crossed the finishing line, almost 24 hours later, at 6am on Sunday morning.
Richard ran in aid of the British Heart Foundation and My Name’5 Doddie Foundation (Motor Neuron Disease). Richard lost two good friends, Addie and Jon, respectively to the conditions. This Herculean achievement raised £2,500 for the BHF and a similar figure for MND. Many will be aware that Doddy Weir has recently been awarded the SPOTY Lifetime Achievement Award for his work for MND.
Richard carried on running, and in October ran 3 marathons back to back over 3 days in the first week of October. This was the Atlantic Coastal Challenge over 78.6 miles from Padstow to Land’s End. Similarly, this was run over cross country terrain from estuaries to tin mines. He is a lean, mean and tough machine!
Sam Butler donned the silks again of the generous Megson family, and rode their horse, ‘Powerful Symbol’ at Aintree on the last Sunday in October. Sam ran the Charity race in 2018. He enjoyed the buzz so much, that he slotted into training again. He made the weight easily to run into a creditable 5th place the second time round. In addition to having a fabulous day with supporters, family and friends, Sam raised in excess of £10,000 for the Countryside Alliance. Credit must go to Ben Pauling, who trains’ Powerful Symbol’ from his yard near Bourton- on- the- Water, and is sponsored by Butler Sherborn.
In true Butler Sherborn spirit, the partners are leading the way and Richard will be running again in 2020.