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COVID didn’t stop the 13th Mad March Hare

Thirteen wasn’t an unlucky number for the Mad March Hare Event as the team were determined to do all they could to continue their fundraising quest!

The annual event based at Lydiard Academy welcomes over 500 participants walking, jogging or running a 5k or 10k route around West Swindon and raises money for Breast Cancer Now.  Our fundraising up to 2019 stood at over £113,000.

However, this year in response to the Government guidance around COVID 19 and after taking advice from organisers of other large events, the Team took the sad decision early in March to cancel the event scheduled for Sunday 22nd March.

We were very disappointed to have to take this action but we considered it was appropriate under the circumstances. Registration for the event closed but we encouraged all those who had already registered to consider completing their chosen distance as a Virtual Event!Team Member Esther

The virtual event had been running for the past few years and had proved really popular so the Team thought it would be a good idea to offer people the opportunity to do this following social distance advice.

Within a few hours’ people had already started to send us their completed routes or images!  The Team were humbled by the many messages of support and the messages and well wishes continued to come in over the weeks that followed.  Even after lock-down, families continued to get out and use their only time out of the the house to complete a safe run or walk on their own, with their children or their four-legged friends.

Images of happy families completing their runs filled our Facebook page (also see our News Page).  We then busily started  to deliver the medals which had been so deservedly earned.  This did take us longer than usual but yet again the understanding and thanks we received from participants was overwhelming.  This year we have so far raised over £4,500!

We wanted to update our followers with the amount raised and more importantly to thank them, from our youngest participants (toddlers) to our oldest and even four legged friends, this event is a real community event which even couldn’t be stopped due to a pandemic!Team Member Esther

Mad March Hare will be back next year for our 14th event. We obviously don’t know yet whether this will be in person or even if we have to hold a virtual again. Still we look forward to seeing lots of happy smiling faces taking part, keeping fit and raising money for Breast Cancer Now.

Our supporters are the very best and we couldn’t continue without them!

In the meantime, if you are interested in being part of our team please contact us on info@madmarchhare.org.uk, telephone 0845 680 8064.


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