The Spicy Taste of Success

Another Amazing Mad March Hare Curry Night at the Lalbagh

Our recent Curry Night held at the Lalbagh in Rodbourne was an amazing success thanks to 45 hungry diners and Abdule and his fantastic team.

£392.40 was raised on the night and will go to cover running costs of the Mad March Hare event. This will just about cover the cost of providing First Aid for the day.

Thanks again to everyone who came along.

Click here to visit the Lalbagh Indian Cuisine website.

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

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Leap with Libbie at the Mad March Hare

Mad March Hare was Libbie’s first 10k

With less than 2 months to the 11th Mad March Hare which takes place on Sunday 25th March, Libbie Sheppard’s training is full steam ahead! Libbie, who came to running 2 years ago, had a very poignant trigger to put running shoes on for the first time.

“Two years ago, a young friend of mine died. A few of us had the job of clearing her house and there, in her wardrobe, was a pair of very smart almost new running shoes, which were my size! I thought that this was a little message to me, that I needed to take these shoes and do the running that she had wanted to do before she developed cancer”, says Libbie.

So, at the tender age of 68, Libbie joined a couch to 5k course at Swindon Shin Splints, in her ‘borrowed’ running shoes and was very quickly hooked!

Last year, the Mad March Hare was Libbie’s first 10k and she ran the whole course wearing bunny ears! She fitted in very well with the Mad March Hare whacky dress theme, which is something that helps to endear the event so much with such a wide audience. Whilst its aims are serious – to encourage people to get out and get active and at the same time, raising money for the Breast Cancer Now charity – the approach is very informal and fun! Turn up in running kit, comfy walking gear and/or fancy dress and you will fit in perfectly!

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. Now in its 11th year, it has raised over £100,000 for Breast Cancer Now and has become very well known in the Swindon community. There are 2 courses – 5 and 10k and they both start and finish at Lydiard Park Academy. Walkers, joggers and runners are all welcome. Families are encouraged to turn out and complete the course together and family canine pets are also welcome!

For Libbie, it was also a training stepping stone in her quest to complete a half marathon before she turned 70.

This, she achieved, last September! “I have now achieved my goal and am continuing while I feel fit and well and ‘mad as a march hare!’”.

To take part, either on the day, or in a virtual capacity, or to 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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Sign up for Mad March Hare and You’re Virtually There!

Looking for your first challenge of 2018?

Look no further; entry is open for this year’s Mad March Hare in aid of Breast Cancer Now. Sign Up and keep training to take part in the fun event in West Swindon, which welcomes people of all ages and abilities to get out and enjoy taking exercise. Come on your own or bring your family or friends or your dog to walk, jog or run the 5km or 10km circular route of West Swindon and Lydiard Park.

The 11th Mad March Hare will take place on Sunday 25th March 2016, starting and finishing at Lydiard Park Academy.

Can’t make it on the day? No problem – you can now enter our Virtual Mad March Hare.

Register for your virtual place by choosing the VIRTUAL event option when you register and you will receive an official event number. Send us evidence of your completion of an either 5km or 10km run, jog or walk and we’ll send you the popular Mad March Hare medal. Evidence can be a photo of your timing device, alongside your event number and if possible, a photo of you on your walk/run. The Virtual Event closes 31st March 2018 so be sure to complete it on or before then.

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

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Join us for a curry in 2018

Why not join us for a curry in 2018 and support Mad March Hare

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Hare Brained Quizzers Launch Mad March Hare 2018

Mad March Hare Quizzers Night 2017

16 teams hopped over to the Mad March Hare quiz at Swindon Town Football Club on 1st November and helped launch fund raising activities for the 2018 event. The fun quiz was lively and friendly and all quizzers also enjoyed a tasty ploughman’s supper. The evening was a great success and got the new year off to a great start, raising an impressive total of £722. The winning team, who beat fellow quizzers “Don’t Cry For Me Barcelona” in a tie breaker, was “Knobs and Knockers”!

This year, the quiz was attended by Stephanie Webb from Breast Cancer Now, who presented the Mad March Hare organising team with a special banner to celebrate the £100,000 raised for Breast Cancer Now by the event over its first decade. Stephanie said “The Mad March Hare team have worked tirelessly over the last decade to put on their annual event. This hard work and commitment has absolutely paid off since they reached an incredible £100,000 for our Breast Cancer Now’s research into breast cancer. It’s a true honour to have the support of this amazing team and we’re extremely thankful”.

Registration is now open for the 11th Mad March Hare event, which will take place on Sunday 25th March 2018, starting and finishing at Lydiard Park Academy. The 5km or 10km routes will take walkers, joggers and runners around a circular route of West Swindon and the popular Lydiard Park. To take part or volunteer at the event please log on to www.madmarchhare.org.uk, email at info@madmarchhare.org.uk or call 0845 6808064.

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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.

Follow us on Twitter (@MadMarchHareSWN) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/madmarchhareswindonbreakthroughbreastcancer)

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Quiz Night 2017

Back by popular demand – Quiz Night 2017

That’s right, it’s Quiz Night 2017!  Come and join us on Wednesday 1st November for a night of quizy fun!

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Swindon Town Football Club 7pm
First round gets underway at 7.30pm
Tickets only £6.50 per person

Ticket price includes a Ploughman’s supper
Teams of 6 to 8 max or you can join a team on the night
Prizes for the wining team
Grand Raffle

Tickets available here.

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LINK – Mad for it! – Fundraisers throw themselves into charity fun run.

Fundraisers ran, walked and hobbled the distance for the 10th annual Mad March Hare event to raise money for the Breast Cancer Now Charity.

Report from the LINK

PICTURE GALLERY SPECIAL

Many of the have-a-go participants threw themselves into the fun by dressing in pink or sporting an array of weird and wonderful fancy dress; others jogged along with their little ones in pushchairs or were tugged along by their four-legged friends.

The event, on Sunday, say hundreds of people take on the 5k or 10k routes around West Swindon and Lydiard Park starting and finishing at Lydiard Park Academy in Grange Park.

Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, created by the merger of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

To donate or find out more about the charity log on to www.breastcancernow.org

 

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Total Swindon – Snapped: Mad March Hare 2017

Report at Total Swindon

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Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this popular annual event saw participants run, jog or walk either a 5km or 10km route through Lydiard Park, raising money for Breast Cancer Now Swindon and North Wilts.

Check out their gallery.

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Swindon Advertiser – Sunshine puts spring in the step at tenth Mad March Hare

Report from the Swindon Advertiser

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ONE of Swindon’s most popular running events marked its 10 year anniversary in style on Sunday.

As the clocks went forward and the sun shone brightly, runners and walkers from across the town and beyond made their way to Lydiard Park Academy for the tenth annual Mad March Hare.

The event, which is put on each year in aid of Breast Cancer Now, has so far raised almost £100,000 and organisers hope that the fantastic turnout this year will be enough to see that milestone well and truly passed.

Kathy says that is very much intentional and all part of making the day so welcoming for those taking part.

“It’s a really nice, whacky, fun event. We don’t call it a race, there’s no chip timing or anything like that, it’s more to do with encouraging people to be outside and active whether that’s walking, running or jogging,” she said.

“We’re dog friendly too, they’re welcome and they get their own goody bags too.”

In what felt like just minutes since the last runner had left the start line, the first finishers returned.

Leading the men was Simon Jell, of Swindon Harriers, while crossing first for the ladies was Leah Baker.

Setting the standard for the youngsters was Reece Prouse-Edwards while the first four-legged finisher was boxer LuLu, accompanied by her humans Tamzin and Tegan Harris.

But that journey makes their annual trip around the course even more meaningful.

“We love doing it,” said Carol. “We’re here every year, we can’t run so we walk it.

“We always dress up too, everyone is so friendly all the way round the course.”

Also finishing in the middle of the pack were the cast of the Wizard of Oz.

The group met just over 18 months ago when they joined Swindon Shin Splints as rookie runners. Since then they’ve bonded and finished two half marathons, the latest just last week in Reading.

Decked out as characters including the tin man, the wicked witch and even Dorothy herself, the group were big hits with onlookers and fully lived up to their “run for fun and friendship” mantra.

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