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Organisers are hoping that this year’s Bog Run will be the biggest, boggiest and best yet thanks to the support of new sponsors EUROSPAR and ViVOXtra. The event, which will be held in Castlewellan Forest Park on Sunday 8th October 2017, is set across a 5k stretch with plenty of muddy obstacles for contestants to conquer along the way.

Don’t panic if you aren’t a hardcore runner, the bog run isn’t a race. It’s designed to be daring, but not intimidating and is open to people of all abilities. Entrants are encouraged to go at their own pace and the only requirement is that you don’t take yourself too seriously.   Amanda Steele, Cancer Fund for Children’s Events Fundraiser said: “We’re delighted that Bog Run is back for the third time this year. It’s good old messy fun, and promises to be great day out with your friends, family or work colleagues in aid of local families affected by cancer.”

“Whilst the Bog Run will be quite physically challenging, participants don’t have to be gym bunnies or marathon runners as this event is 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 to give it a go.”

“And this year, we’re delighted to be able to offer younger participants the opportunity to get mucked to the eyeballs, by opening registration to anyone over the age of 12. What a great way to spend a day with your friends, or together with your whole family!”

Bronagh Luke, Head of Corporate Marketing, Henderson Group, sponsors of the event this year, added: “We’re delighted to be able to support this fun event and can’t wait to get boggin’ on Sunday October 8.” "We’ve been supporting Cancer Fund for Children for almost six years now through a range of fundraising initiatives and events. Our staff love getting involved and can’t wait to get stuck in and help raises lots of funds for local families affected by cancer.”

Funds raised from the event will enable Cancer Fund for Children to provide a range of practical, emotional and financial support, as well as free therapeutic short breaks, to families, to help them cope with the devastating impact of cancer on their lives.

Registration for the event is £20 with minimum sponsorship of £80 for anyone aged 18+, and minimum sponsorship of £50 for age 12-17. Participants will receive a free fundraising pack when they register as well as a goody bag and Bog Run medal for finishing the challenge.

To sign up now, go to: Cancer Fund for Children