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.

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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.

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Total Swindon – Snapped: Mad March Hare 2017

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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.

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

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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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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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Hundreds take part in Mad March Hare run

WEST Swindon was awash with pink rabbit ears on Sunday morning as hundreds of runners took part in the Mad March Hare race.

Now in its ninth year, the 10k and 5k event sees people of all abilities set off from Lydiard Park Academy to raise cash for Breast Cancer Now.

Many of the participants don the rabbit ears and dress in pink to make the event fun for all. In total just over 400 are thought to have taken part this year.

One of the organisers, Kathy Doyle, said: “It’s great because everyone is here to have fun and raise money for a good cause.

“It’s not competitive and people support each other all the way round. We have people of all ages and abilities.

“Some take a pushchair around the course with them and some just walk while there are some serious runners as well but mainly it’s about having fun.

“We are in our ninth year and it’s fantastic to see so many people coming to take part, some of who keep coming back each year.

“There are also around 100 volunteers down here giving their time and we couldn’t do it without them.”

So far the Mad March Hare has raised almost £90,000 for charity and it is hoped in the tenth year they can break the £100,000 barrier.

Among those taking part was Steve Goulding who is part of the Shin Splints running group and was going around the course with a friend who is blind.

He said: “This is a great event which our group has been taking part in for several years now. Some of members also run around with kids in wheelchairs and pushchairs so everyone can take part.

“It is perfect because we are inclusive and so is the race with the winner being charity.”

Also running was Julie Harrison of Upper Stratton who has been running for four years.

“It’s good to be able to support a great local event as well as a good cause,” she said.

“I did it last year and it was great. Most of the running is close to where I live so it’s good to do it on another course.”

Swindon Advertiser Sunday 20/03/16 – Michael Benke

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Swindon Advertiser Mad March Hare Quiz 2015 Report

Hare-brained general knowledge geniuses kick-start fundraising

Swindon Advertiser 5:17pm Tuesday 10th November 2015

MORE than 140 general knowledge whizzes sprang into action at the Mad March Hare quiz which saw them raise almost £1,000 by pitting their wits against each other.

Twenty three teams of hare-brained fundraisers hopped over to the quiz at Swindon Town Football Club to kick-start fundraising activities for the 2016 event.

The ninth Mad March Hare run will take place on Sunday, March 20, 2016 starting and finishing at Lydiard Park Academy. The 5km or 10km walk/jog/run is in aid of Breast Cancer Now and has raised more than £87,000 since it first began, with the 2015 event notching up £9,000.

Kathy Doyle said: “The fun quiz was lively and friendly and the 147 quizzers also enjoyed a tasty ploughman’s supper, which was rounded off with delicious homemade cakes. The evening was a great success and raised an outstanding total of £955.53. Congratulations to the winning team – “Knobs and Knockers”.

“The 2015 Mad March Hare raised a fantastic £9,000 for the Wiltshire Breast Cancer Now group and a cheque was presented to their treasurer, Clare Rich, at the quiz, by members of the organising team. This takes the amount raised since Mad March Hare began to over £87,000.”

Registration for the 2016 event is now open and eager runners or walkers can sign up to take part in the event, or volunteer, by visiting, emailing or calling 0845 6808064.

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Fundraising Total for 2015 announcement

Fundraising Total for 2015

We are delighted to announce our total for the 2015 event is £9,000.  This takes our overall total since 2007 to an amazing £87,082.  Thank you to all our eventers, sponsors and volunteers.

Come and join us for the 2016 event either taking part or volunteering and together we can make a big difference.

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Charity Update

Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Campaign merge to form Breast Cancer Now

Since our first event in 2007 our fundraising has been in aid of the charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

In April, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Campaign merged to form the largest breast cancer charity in the UK, Breast Cancer Now.  The charity has vowed to fund the brightest researchers from across the UK and Ireland to see its vision realised.

The charity, headed by CEO Baroness Delyth Morgan, is dedicated to funding research into the devastating disease, which kills a thousand women every month in the UK alone.  It will work collaboratively across the sector to bring together all those affected to fund research, to share knowledge and, ultimately, to find answers.

The charity’s new name and identity were unveiled on the 15th June.  The charity’s name conveys the urgency required to stop women in the UK dying from breast cancer. The logo represents the endeavour, dedication and hearts of the supporters and researchers behind the charity’s life-saving work.

Despite impressive progress made through research, the UK still has one of the worst survival rates for breast cancer in Western Europe.  Breast Cancer Now seeks to unite everybody touched by breast cancer to ensure that we are the generation which finally puts an end to the disease.

Breast Cancer Now won’t stop until breast cancer has taken its last life; something we are confident we can achieve by 2050 if we get the support we need.Fiona Hazell, Director of Communications and Engagement, Breast Cancer Now

Breast Cancer Now website

You can help us support the work of Breast Cancer Now by getting involved with the Mad March Hare.  There are lots of ways to be a part of our event; running or walking on 20th March 2016, sponsoring our event, volunteering on the day or by joining the organising team.

Look out for entries opening in November 2015 and announcement of our popular Quiz Night too.

To find out more about sponsoring our event or volunteering please contact us at 

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Snapped: Mad March Hare 2015 – Total Guide Swindon

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While lunch at a nice restaurant or afternoon tea in the countryside may seem like a more traditional way to celebrate Mother’s Day, that didn’t discourage hundreds of fundraisers hopping skipping, jumping and running their way around Lydiard Park on Sunday afternoon, to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Now in its eighth year, the Mad March Hare encourages people of all ages to don their running shoes and raise vital funds for breast cancer support.

Sunday’s race saw a record number of mothers and children turning out to take part in the annual 5km and 10km event. An estimated 600 fundraisers raised over £10,000 for the charity.

The Mad March Hare was set up after Irene Hare, a member of Swindon Twin Peaks Power Walking group, died from breast cancer in 2006.

Following Irene’s death, her friends took the opportunity to start the event to inspire others to keep active and raise money for Breakthrough.

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Runners face up to March madness – Swindon Advertiser 16/03/15

THERE was a distinctly maternal feel to yesterday’s Mad March Hare, which celebrated its eighth year in the town with a start on Mother’s Day for the first time.

The rain stayed away despite cloudy skies across Lydiard Park Academy and the surrounding race route – an improvement on 2014’s hailstones.

All funds raised will go to Breakthrough Breast Cancer, which is dedicated to ending the disease, and a number of mothers and children ran the Hare together.

More than 600 fundraisers completed the 5km and 10km events, with an estimated £10,000 raised for the charity.

Laura Parnham, 29, was one of the organisers on the day.

This was her fourth year of being involved with the event after a friend on the organising committee lured her in.

She said the event continues to grow in popularity across Swindon and its timing in March attracts a number of people still on healthy New Year resolutions.

She said: “Everyone seems to be buzzing. This is one of the earlier races in the calendar. A lot of those who took up running in January as a new health kick tend to choose this as a first event.

“A lot of people come back every year, which is really good for the event.

“I was shopping the other day when I was sorting the goody bags and a lady randomly stopped me. She said she was involved in the event because her sister was going through breast cancer and she was running it herself.”

In its first seven years Mad March Hare raised more than £78,000 for its chosen charity, although there are no fundraising requirements that entrants must meet.

Laura said: “It’s a fun run and not everyone takes it seriously. There also isn’t a set amount of money people have to raise.

“People like to come along and be part of the group. There’s a great warm-up with the Zumba beforehand.”

Jo Ridley, 49, secretary and event manager of the team behind the event, said: “It’s a high-profile race in Swindon now, with a nice distance for people new to running, as well as the 5km option.

“We also have good links with Swindon Shin Splints, where it is put forward as a good first race for beginners.

“You have a mixture of fun runners and club runners doing it as fast as they can.”


by Beren Cross, Swindon Advertiser

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