Coldest Mad March Hare on record
Despite bitterly cold temperatures and a chilly wind hundreds of runners and walkers turned out for the sixth Mad March Hare in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer on Sunday 24 March.
There was a 10k race and 5k fun run starting at Lydiard Park Academy which took in footpaths around West Swindon before going through Lydiard Park and returning to the school.
574 participants registered for the event before the day and 60 signed up on the day.
Members of the Les Slinn Gym turned out in force, with Les himself running in an Imperial Stormtrooper outfit.
Over twenty children, staff and parents from Bridlewood Primary School in North Swindon, right, took part in support of headteacher Jo Garton, below, and a mum at the school who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
Jo wrote on her Facebook page: "I’m very proud to work with a fantastic group of people who, despite the cold, raised more than £1000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer today."
Joint organiser Margaret Nicolson said: “it was a fantastic event despite the bitter weather. I don’t think all the pre-registrations turned up, but it was great another sixty decided to get out of bed in take part on a freezing Sunday morning.
"Our grateful thanks to all who took part and all the organisers, especially the marshalls standing in the chill at key points around the course."
The final total raised will be announced at a later date.
Post MMH fundraiser on Wednesday 27 March at Mario’s in Wood Street, Old Town, Swindon.
Join organisers and participants to relive the Mad March Hare. The cost is £12.50 for three courses. A wide range of dishes to choose from ncluding vegetarian.
Book a table direct with Mario’s on 01793 531566 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
50% of the proceeds will go towards helping cover the cost of running the Mad March Hare. The more raised the more goes to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Photos by Richard Wintle of Sport Swindon. See a full set of pictures at www.sportswindon.com