Cheltenham's Boxing Day Challenge returns for Winston's Wish
By David Wood
Where: Cheltenham Racecourse
When: Wednesday, December 26, 10.30am
Registration has now opened for the popular Boxing Day Challenge at Cheltenham Racecourse - now in its 10th year!
The good people of Gloucestershire are once again invited to join in a Christmassy challenge and burn off some festive calories all in the name of a good cause.
Cheerful challengers can choose to either walk, jog, run, trot or gallop the two or four-mile course for charity.
This fun and family-friendly challenge starts at 10.30am on December 26 and is open to all ages and levels of fitness, from children to competitive runners - with dogs more than welcome!
Pre-registration tickets are £9 for adults and £5 for children, which are available to buy in advance from the Winston's Wish website www.winstonswish.org/boxing-day-challenge . Tickets will also be available to purchase on the day at £12 for adults and £6 for children.
For the first time this year, participants are also being offered the chance to fundraise, should they wish to further support the charity, and to secure a Winston's Wish t-shirt or running top for keeps.
For helpful fundraising tips and tricks, a downloadable pack is also available through the Winston's Wish website.
Malaney Varaljay-Boyce, head of regional fundraising and events at Winston's Wish, said: "With almost 900 people joining us at last year's challenge, it's great to see that the Boxing Day Challenge has become a regular fixture in the diary for the people of Cheltenham and the rest of Gloucestershire.
"It's only an hour or so out of people's mornings, and it's a wonderful opportunity to come together with others for some fresh air and festive fun during the season of indulgence!"
"We're exceptionally grateful to Specialist Aviation Services who has sponsored the event this year, meaning that we can continue to put on this great day and raise vital funds we need to support bereaved children."
The Boxing Day Challenge is an annual event that raises money for Cheltenham-based charity, Winston's Wish, which helps thousands of bereaved children every year across the UK.
Winston's Wish is also looking for volunteers to help out on the day with registration, refreshments and to cheer on the runners.
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