Belfast urged to ‘get boggin’ for Cancer Fund for Children
Not even the toughest stain remover is going to help during Cancer Fund for Children’s ‘Bog Run’ which will see competitors getting filthy from top to toe as they tough it out around the lake at Castlewellan Forest Park on October 11 to support local families affected by cancer.
Stephen Bartlett from Belfast (pictured) has already tested out the course and is urging people not to ‘Vanish’ but sign up to the event and ‘get boggin’! By taking part in the adrenaline-fuelled Bog Run, participants, he said, “will be helping families affected by cancer get through the most difficult time of their lives”.
Every week in Northern Ireland another three children, teenagers and young adults are diagnosed with cancer. Cancer Fund for Children offers practical, emotional and financial support as well as free short therapeutic breaks to local families whose lives have been affected by the illness.
Stephen said: “I’ve already had a taster for the Bog Run and I can tell you I was covered in mud from head to toe! Its good old messy fun and I will be encouraging friends and family to get stuck into something different. The event will be awash with raw energy as participants brace the bog to conquer the rugged, merciless Irish landscape. Gone are the days when a road race seemed exciting. We are hoping to encourage over 250 people to take on the various natural obstacles around the 5km course.
“The Bog Run will be quite physically challenging but in all honesty it will be more dirty than dangerous. Whether you’re a die-hard triathlon runner or you’ve never ran a mile in your life I would urge everyone ‘not to muddy the water’ but give it a go. Make this October 11 your moment to come away with a story to tell and photos to share while helping people along the way.”
Christopher Mickael, also from Belfast said: “Funds raised will enable the charity’s team of experienced Specialists to help even more families cope with the impact cancer has on their lives supporting them during and after treatment and sadly in some cases, bereavement.”
Cancer Fund for Children wants people to have some good old muddy fun so don’t get ‘bogged’ down worrying about fitness levels! Anyone over the age of 16 can take part however those under 18 will need written permission from a parent or guardian. Registration for the event is £25 in August and £30 thereafter. The minimum sponsorship is £100.
For more information and to sign up to the Bog Run log on to cancerfundforchildren.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org