Persimmon Homes

The Winchester Marafun

04 October 2022

The Winchester Marafun, a historic half marathon and hilly 10k,  took place on 25th September and Persimmon Homes South Coast was delighted to support the event by sponsoring the army of community groups and sports clubs who marshal the race.

As well as helping a range of voluntary organisations through our sponsorship, we also invited 2x Olympic athlete and marathon runner Chris Thompson along through our partnership with Team GB.

Chris spent the day interacting with all the volunteers and runners in attendance at the Persimmon stand and also notched himself first place in the hilly 10k with an impressive time of 32 minutes. This was despite giving the other competitors a healthy head start as Chris formally started the event with the Mayor of Winchester and then changed into his running clothes.


Chris said after the event:

 “Fantastic day out at the Winchester Marafun with a little trot around the 10k to test the lungs. Thanks to Persimmon Homes and Team GB for inviting me as their special guest and congratulations to everyone involved.”

As well as living locally in Hampshire, Chris’ brother in law also works for Persimmon in the South West.

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Supporting your communities

At Persimmon we're proud to support our local communities. Our Community Champions programme was established in 2015 and has already donated more than £3 million to over 3,500 good causes across Great Britain. We also have a programme of community events taking place as part of our partnership with Team GB for the 2024 Paris Olympics, along with other great initiatives. 


Our hugely successful Community Champions programme has already donated more than £1 million to good causes in England, Wales and Scotland. Whilst the programme is running, each of our regional offices makes a donation of up to £6,000 every quarter to local organisations.

We're proud to be one of Team GB's official partners for Paris 2024. In the lead up to the Olympics we'll be posting lots of exciting content in partnership with Team GB, from athlete appearances to competitions and challenges.

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