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Case Study Dunecht dash Dunecht estate
Case Study Dunecht dash The Dunecht Dash is a fundraiser organised by Dunecht School Parent Council (DSPC), to help raise funds for Dunecht Primary School. Each year a sub-committee of the parent council is formed who work tirelessly to organise the event each year.

The Dash consists of two different race distances. There is a 2km fun run and a 5km race, both of which are held in Dunecht Estate grounds, owned by Dunecht Estates, and they start at Dunecht House.

The beautiful scenery contributes to the popularity of the event which saw the two hundred 5km race places being sold out in record time this year (fifteen days!). Each year the event tends to be sold out for both races so that almost four hundred people take part on the day. There is also a corporate team race in the 5km race where teams of five compete for the SPEX cup, the team with the lowest average time wins the cup.

In the 2km race, the local schools compete for the Schools Cup (the wining school has the lowest average time). The course is kindly made available the day before the event for set up, and the local golf club lend their clubhouse for to process the results, meaning it’s a real community effort bringing the event together.

The school-children are encouraged to get involved through Dunecht Dash training, and as a school they choose a charity and raise through sponsorship for those who choose to run the fun run. In 2017 their charity is raising money for Sipepa School, Zimbabwe, to get electricity. On the day, car parking is made available within the estate grounds at the cricket/football field and at Dunecht House, and there is a burger and coffee van for refreshments. The event is a key part of the summer season in the community.

The entry fees are used to cover the cost of administering the event, with any surplus going straight to the school funds. The fund is used to provide support for activities and school outings, as well as to complement existing resources within the school such as additional IT equipment.

John Carter, Chairperson of the organising board said: “The Dash is the school parent council's main fundraiser, with a measure of its popularity being that both classes become fully subscribed ever earlier each year. The organisers are all volunteers and work very hard to make the competitor's day as much fun as possible. We are appreciative of both Dunecht Estates and the Oag family for enabling us to host the event on the estate roads and in the house's grounds”.

Stuart Young of Dunecht estates added: “The Estate is delighted to help make the Dash a successful, community focused event. It is pleasing to see the school thrive and hopefully this run will again raise useful funds. It's a great day even if you don't fancy running!”
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