Thursday 5th April 2012 - Egg Hunt and Hook a Duck day and for once an event raising funds for the park itself is blessed with superb weather. More people actually entered than last year (which is a good sign). The event was sponsored by our good friends Ready Steady Store and the Hook a Duck Championships were monitored and refereed by the Safer Neighbourhood Team - a briliant team effort. Out thanks as well to the volunteers who made the day the success it was.
Against all the odds with heavy rain forecast the 2011 Santa Dash went ahead with a record 250 entries. A brilliant atmosphere saw our sponsors for the event rewarded. Our thanks to everyone who took part, our own volunteers who made it happen and the events main sponors Ready Steady Store for their support. We hope the Aurora Centre made thousands on the day!
September 11th 2011 saw yet another fantastic Care to Run event for the Aurora Centre. Almost 250 entrants enjoyed a superb and emotional run/jog/walk round the park. The event has raised thousands of pounds for this great local charity. Great practice for what is proving the years most popular event - the Santa Dash on December 11th.
The first World Hook a Duck Champioships took place in Sandall Park, Doncaster on 21st April 2011 and what an event it turned out to be! Together with an Easter egg hunt the park was just about packed to capacity and extra chocolate eggs had to be purchsed..... 500 of them! The egg hunt was free and a nominal charge for the Hook a Duck raised £200 for the Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust Scanner Appeal. Our thanks go to all who attended and donated their time and money for such a great cause. The event was sponsored by the local Ready Steady Store. Well done everyone - see you at the 2012 Championships.
FoSP were really dissapointed that we had to cancel the Proms in the Park event in June due to rain. However this September event on behalf of the Doncaster Concert Band did soften the blow...... and blow it did! The rain did stay away and the wind actually dropped as the day went on. About 250 visitors made it to the concert and all were rewarded by a great performance. Our thanks to those that supported the event, the Doncaster Concert Band and our event sponsors - Ready Steady Store and Groundwork UK.
Fakefest 2010 exceeded even the 2009 event (we never thought it could!). A full house will make sure 2011 will see everyone buying their tickets well in advance. Red hot weather and superb bands combined with great fans to create an incredible part atmosphere - best described a cross between Glastonbury and a garden party!!
Doncaster's first Santa Dash went ahead and what a day it was raising thousands of pounds for the Aurora Centre. 400 Santa's and his little helpers completed the 1 mile circuit of the lake to receive a well deserved medal. Our thanks to everyone who took part and raised loads of money. The date for the 2010 event has already been set - see the events page for details.
The second Aurora 5km Care to Run took place on Sunday 6th September 2009. It was a fantastic day and the park looked at its best. In total 30 FOSP volunteers turned out to help steward the event. The winner completed the course in just over 19 minutes! Carolyn Hodgson (YTV) was the guest of honour but Pavaroti, Mr Bean and Cliff Richard managed to put in an appearance! Our thanks to our group photographer Derrick Bewell who managed to capture the emotion of the day nicely.
Sandall Park Rockfest 2009 took place on Saturday 23rd May. Doncaster's first Rockfest was a major success with five local bands and three major tribute bands playing to a massive crowd including Antartic Monkeys, New 2 and Colplace. Bring on 2010! The event organised by 'Fake Festivals' included many surprise guests as you will see from the pictures.
Care to Run was the first event of this kind for the Aurora Centre. A 5k Walk/Run attracted 600 participants to the park. The preparation was dogged by bad weather and the park was severely flooded on the day of the event. However, after major changes to the course the event went ahead and more than £15,000 was raised. See the 'events' page for details of the 2009 event.
This was the second 'Music in the Park' event and featured the Doncaster concert orchestra. Blessed with fine weather on the last nice day before the floods came, 1100 visitors came to the free event. The 2008 event was cancelled due to lack of funding. Just as well really as the two provisional dates turned out to be a washout!
We already had three Indian Runner Ducks and their appearence on this web site led to a childrens nursery in Cheadle (Manchester) contacting us as their own Runner Duck chicks had grown up. So, three ducks were brought over from Cheadle and we had to teach them to swim! Great ducks and they are all doing very well. You can search the site for 'Runner Ducks' to see more details of the Runner Ducks in the park.