Let Mad March Hare Help You Prepare

Get the New Year off the starting blocks

It’s the time of year when we see lots of happy posts of friends running the new half marathon in Swindon or maybe Bristol, Chippenham or Cricklade half marathons? Have you thought to yourself “I could never do that”?

Well, now is the time to start planning so you can achieve this too! The Mad March Hare is perfectly timed for getting the New Year off the starting blocks and the 5 and 10k routes are ideal to get that first ‘milestone’ under your belt on the journey to achieving a half marathon later in the year. It is a fun and friendly event which also raises funds for Breast Cancer Now. Fancy dress is not essential but don’t be surprised to see a wide array of characters and funky outfits hopping along the courses on the day!

The 2018 event will take place on Sunday 25th March, starting and finishing at Lydiard Park Academy in West Swindon. Registration opens on 1st November so why not set your half marathon goal now and bounce over to the website to register! For more information and online registration, visit www.madmarchhare.org.uk.

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Two go on a Tea hunt!

Trip to PG Tips

Margaret and Eunice went on a little road trip today to PG Tips HQ in Leatherhead to collect gift packs for our Mad March Hare goodie bags.

As you can see we met a new friend.

Thanks to Laura and team PG for your generous support

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BBC Wiltshire Radio Interview

Kathy, Eunice and I did our bit on the radio on Saturday

Team members Kathy Doyle, Margaret Nicholson and Eunice Salmon pictured here with Jonathan Fido at BBC Wiltshire Radio on Saturday 18th March.  The team were given a good amount of air-time and it was a valuable opportunity to promote our event.
 
The team presented Jonathan with a Mad March Hare t-shirt as a thank you for his support.
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Scurry over to Rodbourne for Mad March Hare Curry

Mad March Hare Curry Night 2017

Come join the Mad March Hares as they ‘rogon’ to their second curry evening, following the success of last year’s fundraiser at the Lalbagh in Rodbourne.

Same as last year, tickets are just £15 per person for a delicious 2 course buffet.  There will also be a raffle with great prizes.

This year’s buffet is on Tuesday, 7th February at 7pm.  Lalbagh Indian Cuisine is located at 171 Rodbourne Road, Swindon.

Please go to http://madmarchhare.org.uk/currynight2017/ to make bookings.

The Mad March Hare team organises fun events through the year to raise funds that help cover the cost of running the event itself. This means that all earnings from Mad March Hare registration can be donated to Breast Cancer Now.

With less than 2 months to go, this year’s Mad March Hare is the 10th anniversary event!  Come help celebrate the anniversary on Sunday 26th March at Lydiard Park Academy.  Participate in one of the routes – 5k or 10k, walk, jog or run, bring the family or walk the dog!  Fancy dress is more than welcome!

Over £93,000 has been raised for Breast Cancer Now since Mad March Hare started and the target for the 10th year is to hit the £100,000 mark!  To take part or volunteer at the event please go to www.madmarchhare.org.uk, email info@madmarchhare.org.uk or call 0845 6808064.

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Louise Leaps Back to Fitness for the 10th Mad March Hare

Louise DoughtyShake off those winter blues in the New Year fresh air and train for a 5 or 10k walk, run or jog at the 10th Mad March Hare event! Sign up to take part in the fun event which takes place on Sunday 26th March, starting and finishing at Lydiard Park Academy.

Louise Doughty, who turns 50 this year, wanted to challenge herself to achieve at least 3 new things for the first time, with the aim of getting fitter and healthier.

This was triggered by a health wake-up call in the summer when she reached her heaviest weight ever.

“I thought that as I had let myself get into this situation, it was my responsibility to turn it around.”

Louise, like many others, had previously thought that turning 50 meant she was too old for fitness, despite having at one time been involved in competitive sport. She decided, however, to contact a local ladies netball team, where she was welcomed with open arms and was surprised to find she was far from oldest on the team!

Spurred on by this and encouraged by a colleague, she joined a gym where she now attends many classes and this has fuelled her appetite to get fitter.

“I’d never run before so that was the biggest challenge of them all. I picked a realistic goal and entered the Mad March Hare 5k. I had always avoided and feared the thought of running and couldn’t understand why so many had a passion for it and loved it.”

Now that she realises that you are never too old to take charge of your own health and wellbeing, Louise’s message to others is to get out and do it!

“Come on, join Mad March Hare – if I can do it, you can too!”

The Mad March Hare is a great first event as it welcomes people of all ages and abilities to get out and enjoy taking exercise. In its 10th year, it is well known in Swindon as a fun and colourful event where people often turn up in fancy dress. At the same time, it raises money for Breast Cancer Now – Swindon and North Wiltshire Group. To date, over £93,000 has been raised and the aim is to reach £100,000 with the 10th event!

To take part or volunteer at the event please log on to http://www.madmarchhare.org.uk, email at info@madmarchhare.org.uk or call 0845 6808064.

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Mad March Hare 2016 cheque presentation to Breast Cancer Now

Cheque Presentation 2016 to Breast Cancer Now

One of the regular highlights at the annual Mad March Hare Quiz Night is the presentation of a cheque to our chosen charity, Breast Cancer Now.

We are please to report that this year we were able to hand over a cheque for the amazing sum of £6,200!

Well done everybody!

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Quiz Night 2016 Success

Twenty six teams rose to the challenge on Wednesday 9th November once again making Quiz Night 2016 a success.

They helped us raise a tremendous Quiz Night 2016 total of £1,272 to support the Mad March Hare 2017 event.

Congratulations to the winning team Porters Six.img_01011

Special thanks to our Quiz Master Bill Gibbons.

Thanks to our generous supporters, Swindon Town Football Club for the use of the lounge and donation of wine and the following for donations of raffle prizes:

Sainsbury’s Bridgemead
Robert and Linda Lane
Berkeley Farm, Wroughton
Berry’s Butchers, Wroughton
The Greek Olive, Swindon
Debbie Quinn
Kathy Doyle
Jan Hall
Barrett & Coe, Swindon
Carluccio’s
Marks & Spencer, Swindon Outlet
Le Creuset, Swindon Outlet

Many thanks to everyone who came along. We hope you’ll come and join us on 26th March 2017.

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We’re off and running, jogging, walking!

Our first registration for Mad March Hare 2017

Our congratulations go to Esther Newman, a long-time supporter of Mad March Hare, who takes first place in the race to register for the 2017 event.  Well done Esther – we look forward to seeing you on the 26th March 2017.

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Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce…

Mad March Hare team members and supporter Stuart Parnham jumping for joy as the 10th Anniversary event is now OPEN!

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So, why not register for Mad March Hare 2017 now?

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Fundraising Success at the Dragon Boat Race

Fundraising Success at the Dragon Boat Race at Coate Water

Tombola and Cakes were on offer on the Mad March Hare stall at the recent Dragon Boat Race at Coate Water. Tracey Woodruff, Kathy Doyle and Margaret Nicholson were on hand to look after the stall.  Over £250 was raised that will go toward running the 2017 event to be held on Sunday 26th March. Our next fundraising event is our Annual Quiz night, this year to be held on the 9th November; keep a look out for further details soon.

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