Brill Hilly 2014 Announcement

We are disappointed to announce that the Brill Hilly will NOT take place this year.

Due to changes to the organising team we do not have the capacity to host it on our own.  We approached numerous local running clubs and asked them to either support us or take the race over themselves.  Unfortunately they all have commitments and do not have the capacity to do so.

Brill Hilly 2015 – can you help?

Would you like to see the race happen again next year?  Would you be willing to be part of the organising team? If you would please contact Diane Sharp by email and we can make it happen together.

If you want to be the first to hear the news about the Brill Hilly 2015 please sign up for email updates on this page.

Thank you

Thank you for your support over the last three years and our thanks also go to all our sponsors, supporters and marshalls.  We could not have done it without them and you, and the money we have raised over the last three years has made a difference in the lives of many children.

Our work continues

We are currently working with Clouds of Hope, an orphanage in the Underberg region of South Africa. 

If you would like to continue to support our work you can make a donation, join the organising team for the 2015 Brill Hilly or fundraise for us with your own event, our registered Charity number  is 114220. 

Every penny counts. Wiith just 5p a day we can feed an orphan or HIV positive person with a highly nutritional meal. So no matter what the amount, it can and will make a difference.

Donate online

Registered Charity number 114220

The Intsika Trust Brill Hilly 10k 2013

The weather gods were smiling on us and the 3rd Intsika Trust Brill Hilly 10k enjoyed warm dry weather with some head wind that did make Tram Hill that much more challenging.

We had 178 finishers, the biggest field since the race started in 2011 and this year we were joined by Maggie Thatcher!  Ben Snell won a well deserved fancy dress prize for his tribute to Maggie with a hint of Paul O’Grady.  We were all inspired by Louise Simpson’s time of 63:27, Louise is blind and was guided around the course by her guide runner Stephen Thurkettle.

Charlie May of Aylesbury Vale Athletics Club won the race for the third time, although this year he did not break the course record of 34:32 he set in 2012.

Kay Walsha won the woman’s race, came 10th overall and set a fabulous new course record of 40:16, almost a minute faster than the previous one held by Mary Spalton, a fantastic result for Kay.

For the full race results please visit our results page.

The 1k Fun Run was won by Tom Gould of Bicester Athletics Club and the Dash by William Pringle.

Congratulations to all the runners and thanks to our sponsors, Lodge Garage and our all our supporters, volunteers, marshalls and the village of Brill without whom the race would not be possible.

Lodge Garage sponsors the Brill Hilly 2013

We are delighted to announce a new lead sponsor for the 2013 Brill Hilly, Lodge Garage the Mazda and Great Wall dealer in Kingswood.

This marks a tremendous effort on behalf of the organising team to secure sponsorship for this years event. Floyd Timms, a Brill resident and the Managing Director of Lodge Garage remarked ‘We are very proud to sponsor the Brill Hilly 10k this year and continues our record of supporting local clubs and events.This event adds to our already growing portfolio of local sponsorships that range from Grendon Underwood Football Club to the Mini Section at Chinnor Rugby Club. We are a local business looking after local people for all things automotive and being Brill residents added even more to the attraction of supporting this event for an extremely worthy cause. We look forward to a successful event.’

Floyd Tims handing cheque to Diane Sharp

Trustee Diane Sharp receiving a very generous sponsorship cheque from Floyd Timms on Monday the18th  of February.

We are very grateful for the generosity of this sponsorship and the confidence that Floyd Timms has shown in our event.

New Website Launched Today

Welcome to the Intsika Trust website, we are delighted to be launching it today.

We will post news about our work, the projects we support and our events on a regular basis.

To keep up to date with all our news follow our RSS feed, like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

If you have any ideas for our website or fundraising we would be delighted to hear from you.  Please contact us.

Here is to a wonderful 2013 for our work and those we do it in service of.  It warms our hearts to know that what do makes a difference in the lives of those who have been affected by a disease for which there is not yet a cure.  We are inspired by their joy in life and the dignity with which they live.  It is a honour to partner and collaborate with them.

Brill Hilly 2013 Entries Open

You have done it before,  you can do it again!!  The 2013 Brill Hilly 10k, 1km Fun Run and “Dash” will take place on Sunday the 14th of April 2013 in Brill.  We are delighted that we do not clash with the White Horse or Reading Half Marathons in 2013.

We know it is not April Fools’ Day this year and yet we are once again offering a special prize for the craziest outfit of the day in each of the races.  Well done to Ben Snell and Archie Noyce for their costumes this year.

The entries are open – you can enter online now at Runners World or download an entry form here.

We raised a fantastic £ 2,500 this year to support HIV/Aids projects primarily in South Africa. We would be over the moon, as would the projects we support, if we could raise this and then some in 2013.

Feeling inspired? Itching to start fundraising straightaway to help us achieve this goal?  The great news is you can by going to Virgin Money Giving to fundraise online or contact Diane Sharp  for a fundraising pack.

Happy training.

We came, we sore, we conquered Hadrian’s Wall!

We set off from Wallsend on 17th June 2012, a drizzly Sunday morning. We were so excited and up to the challenge of walking 84 miles in six days. Our inspiration was the knowledge that with the support of many like minded people, our efforts would go towards The Intsika Trust’s mission providing assistance to those affected by Aids & HIV.

The British weather did not disappoint us, we got sunburnt, soaking wet and nearly swept off our feet by the very powerful unexpected wind. The scenery on Hadrian’s Wall walk is beautiful and even when it rained so hard and my digital camera drowned, it did not detract from how remarkable the walk is.

We very happily finished the walk on the 22nd June 2012 ending in a very windy Bowness-on-Solway. Our feet were sore, but that did not matter as we had raised £820 for a very good cause.

A very big thank you to everyone who sponsored us. And also to everyone who sent us supportive messages as we walked and walked and walked…

Shanna and Jean

Fun for all the family – Brill Hilly 1st April 2012

The second year of the Brill Hilly 10k was a great success. The runners, once again, took on what can only be described as a challenging course.  Some were back for the 2nd year, perhaps Tram Hill isn’t so bad after all.  We were delighted that with the superb marshalling and organisation the whole event went off brilliantly.  Thank you to all the volunteers who marshalled the race and ensured that the safety and enjoyment of all participants was paramount.

Whilst the main race started at the windmill, a 1k fun run and a 150m dash took place back at the finish at the Brill Sports and Social club.  With the weather being very calm, cool and bright we had perfect conditions for a great mornings running.  We had 141 runners in the 10k, a fantastic number and only 9 down from last year despite the Reading and White Horse Half Marathons taking place on the same day.  Our 1k proved very popular this year with a wide range of ages taking part and the numbers well up on last year.  The Dash was thoroughly enjoyed by the littlest runners and they loved receiving their medal at the end as did the fun runners.   One young athlete said to his dad who had done the 10k, “Look daddy I have a medal just like you”.

The 10k race was won by Charlie May of the Vale of Aylesbury AC in a new course record of 35:32.  Charlie beat his 2011 winning time by just under a minute.  The first woman home was Mary Spalton in a time of 41:11, a new course record for the woman’s race. She beat last year’s time by 3 mins, a fantastic result.  Both athletes won a £50 prize sponsored by Abacus International for breaking the course records..

The first Oxford City athlete in was Jon Atyeo in a time of 36:24.  The second Oxford City athlete was 16 year old Matthieu Marshal in a time of 37:22, he took 3rd place in the Senior Mens race.  The first Brill residents home were Dominic Hilton of Thame Runners in a time of 38:53 and Emma Keys, a Handy Cross athlete, in at time of 46:02.  Max Nicole won the 1k fun run in a time of 4 mins. Congratulations to all the runners for taking on the challenge of Tram hill and winning.

Thanks to all our efforts we raised in the region of £2,500 (after all costs) for the Intsika Trust, which supports grassroots HIV/Aids projects primarily in South Africa.  We are sadly down on last year’s figures and down against what we had hoped to raise for our new projects.  We did have fewer runners raising sponsorship on our behalf this year.  If you would like to make a donation and support the work of the Intsika Trust please go to:

Our thanks to the Brill Sports and Social Club, the Brill Parish Council, GS Mechanical and the Brill CE Combined School for the use of their premises.   The medals, awards and cash prizes were provided by the sponsorship of the race by Abacus International.  The race numbers, spot prizes, energy gels and energy drink were sponsored by Up and Running Oxford.  Other prizes were provided by Hamnett Hayward and The Space in Thame.  We also received support from Taplins Plant Hire, Vegware, Alchester Running Club, the Brill Beavers and our lovely massage therapists, Clare Newell, Liz Carson and Steve Brightside, who added a wonderful extra to the day.

Thanks go to all the helpers and officials who made the day a great success for everyone.  See you in 2013

Imange and Indipile

Thanks to the generosity of family, friends and residents of Brill, Diane Sharp raised £1000 in October 2011 when she ran the Cardiff Half Marathon.  These funds have enabled us to sponsor Imange and Indipile for a year.  Both of these children are also benefiting from the support we have given to the Intyatyambo Community Project and are looking forward to their new Educare Centre.

Imange is a gorgeous 3.5 year old girl who lives with her mother in a shack. Her father died of AIDS last year and her mother is working as a domestic worker. Imange has been going to ICP for 2 years now and is thriving

Indipile is 3 years old and the class clown, always trying to make everyone laugh. He is learning fast and seems to enjoy showing others how to do things. His parents are both unemployed, live in a shack and his father is very unwell with TB.  It doesn’t look like he will survive and TB is often the secondary infection that kills most HIV sufferers.

Child Sponsorship

For less than £1 per day you could sponsor a child and provide them with healthcare, education, food and shelter.  You will receive a photograph of your child and a periodic newsletter to let you know how they are getting on.

For more information about current needs please contact us.