Mad March Hare charity run is back for 2022
By Jessica Durston - 5 January 2022
The Mad March Hare charity run is back for 2022, with this year being its 15th.
Daljinder Chalmers and her mother, Gurmeet Virk
The Mad March Hare is a 5km and 10km event aiming to encourage people to become more active and raise funds for Breast Cancer Now.
Organisers say they welcome people of all abilities, ages and walks of life, and dogs are also allowed. Each year sees families, running groups, and individuals join in the unique event.
The Mad March Hare has been virtual over the last two years but recognising the potential impact of covid restrictions, organisers are planning to hold the Mad March Hare event live on Sunday, 20 March 2022 but will also offer members of the public the opportunity to take part virtually throughout the whole of March.
The team behind the charity event say they will continue with their pledge to support their chosen charity, Breast Cancer Now, and once again they will be donating 100% of the proceeds from registrations.
A spokesperson for Mad March Hare said: "The work of the charity has continued despite the pandemic and sadly the impact of Breast Cancer has also continued so we ask all our faithful supporters to support us once again to make a difference for those living with Breast Cancer and vital research."
Registration is now open and the first sign-ups of 2022 are Daljinder Chalmers and her mother, Gurmeet Virk.
Daljinder Chalmers is a long-time supporter of Mad March Hare and she has shared why she is joining once again.
Daljinder said: ‘This year I decided to take part in Mad March Hare with my mum. My reason for doing this is because the past two years has taught me how fragile life really is and although one minute you could be happy without a care in the world the next you could be supporting a loved one, a friend or a colleague with a cancer diagnosis.
"I have had family members pass away due to cancer but I have also seen close friends fight for their life and rise from the torturous treatment to find a new lease of life. Last year, a new colleague joined my team and a week later the team learnt that they had been diagnosed with breast cancer, it was then that I really realised that despite being there for them virtually I really was helpless.
"I could offer words of encouragement and say everything will be ok but sometimes I felt those words just weren’t enough. It was then that I said to my mum that we should do something to help support the charity and to raise awareness too.
"So here we are, trainers on and ready to take on the challenge. Mum and I will be training and then doing our 10k challenge virtually in Warwickshire. I am also using this opportunity to raise awareness in my own Sikh community too"
Event organiser Margaret Nicholson added: "We are grateful and send thanks to Daljinder and Gurmeet, we look forward to seeing them on the day, we are forever grateful to the Swindon community for its support over the years and hope they come together again this year to celebrate the live event once again."