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Mental Elf Run a resounding success

Posted on Friday 10th January 2020 at 9:25 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of runners streaming out of the school en route to the 'North Pole'.

Sunday 1st December saw North Bristol Running Group hosting a fun run in aid of the Mental Health Foundation.

The 6km Mental Elf Run started and finished at Bradley Stokes’s Meadowbrook Primary School. The route took runners through the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve up to Primrose Bridge, where ‘The North Pole’ was the halfway point, and back again. Participants were dressed as Christmas elves and many Santas marshalled the course, providing a fantastic fun, atmosphere for all levels of runners and walkers, spreading lots of Christmas cheer.

Each of the 85 finishers was awarded a wonderful medal designed by Alexander, a pupil at Meadowbrook school.

As well as raising funds for the Mental Health Foundation through the fun run ticket sales, there were hot drinks and homemade cakes to buy, resulting in a total of £1,002 being raised for the charity.

Photo of participants lined up ahead of the start.

Photos: 1 Runners stream out of the school en route to the ‘North Pole’. 2 Participants line up for a photo ahead of the start. [Hi-res versions available on Facebook]

This article originally appeared in the January 2020 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 29). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Sole Sisters can get you running – Beginners’ course starts Monday 6th January

Posted on Sunday 5th January 2020 at 3:14 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo showing members of Sole Sisters Running Club at a parkrun.

Karen Gaman of Sole Sisters ladies-only north Bristol running club writes:

The Sole Sisters Beginners’ Course is ideal for any ladies who want to start running, but don’t know how to begin. Three times each year, we offer a training course for women who wish to start running, have never run before or are returning after a long period of rest, illness or injury.

Our next course starts on Monday 6th January 2020. The venue for the first meeting is Baileys Court Activity Centre, Bradley Stoke BS32 8BH. Please arrive by 6.45pm to register and meet the coaches and other beginners.

We follow a realistic six-week training programme, with a gradual build-up of mileage, after which you will be able to join one of our main groups and hopefully enjoy it with a certain amount of self-satisfaction.

Many of our current members started out on this course and are now running regular 10ks, half marathons and even full marathons, so what we offer is a trusted method.

The course costs £15. For full details and an application form, visit

See also: Sole Sisters North Bristol Running Club on Facebook

• This year’s Bradley Stoke 10k Run, organised by Sole Sisters, will take place on Sunday 7th June.

Photo: Members of Sole Sisters Running Club at a parkrun.

This article originally appeared in the January 2020 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 30). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Get ‘Mojo muddy’ in aid of your local school

Posted on Tuesday 1st October 2019 at 4:59 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of runners taking part in a previous Mojo Muddy Madness event.

Saturday 5th October sees the return of Mojo Active’s Muddy Madness race, held at the Mojo Active outdoor activity centre in Almondsbury [map]. Young and old can enjoy taking on a 5km or a 2km course featuring some wet and muddy obstacles, and for every ticket sold, Mojo Active will donate £1 to your selected local school.

This will be the sixth Muddy Madness event, which in the past has supported The Lord Mayor of Bristol’s Christmas Appeal, Comic Relief and Southmead Hospital’s ICU department. This year, Mojo Active would like to give back to local schools – many of which have taken a class or the whole school to Mojo Active to enjoy either a curriculum-based activity session, or an enrichment session.

Mark Johnson, Mojo Active’s director, states:

“As a learning outside the classroom accredited venue, Mojo Active has run school programmes for thousands of local school children, bringing to life many classroom topics spanning the Vikings, the Romans, world wars, space, science, countries, water, and many more topics. We’ve also put together activity sessions to integrate new Year 7 starters, hosted many Year 6 leavers’ parties, woodland learning sessions and school activity clubs, as well as running termly secondary school enrichment programmes. We hope this year’s Mojo Muddy Madness event will be our biggest yet and in this way we can raise lots of money to benefit our local schools.”

The Mojo Muddy Madness 5km course is suitable for anyone aged 7+ years and features mud slides, cargo nets, leopard crawls and more. The 2km course is ideal for younger children or individuals wanting a shorter distance and there will be an optional water obstacle to tackle. On site there will be other activities, raffle, refreshments, free parking and bag drop.

More: How to purchase tickets »

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Bradley Stoke nurse set to embark on 24-hour charity run

Posted on Wednesday 27th March 2019 at 5:22 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Steve Wiltshire in running gear.

A Bradley Stoke man who works as a nurse with children’s ‘hospice at home’ charity Jessie May is taking on a 24-hour running challenge to boost funds and raise awareness of the charity.

Steve Wiltshire, 30, is one of the Jessie May Nurses who provides vital respite support to families caring for a terminally ill child in their own homes.
He has worked in the Jessie May Care Team for over two-and-a-half years and is now combining his passion for his job, and for running, and tackling a gruelling 24-hour run to raise money for, and awareness of, the Kingswood-based charity.

On 19th July, Steve will travel to Walton-on Thames to take part in the Conti Thunder Run. He aims to raise £3,000 – the cost of running the charity for one day – and has so-called his fundraiser The Difference a Day makes’ to reflect the importance of at-home support for families caring for a terminally ill child.

Steve said:

“As a Jessie May nurse, I understand the enormous difference Jessie May’s support makes to families with a terminally ill child. The families the Jessie May nurses support are all incredible and I know how important it is that we are there to help. Many rely on our respite visits and emotional support and have said they’d now be completely lost without us.”

“This is why I want to help raise money for Jessie May – I have seen the impact we have on families first-hand. The challenge that I have decided to undertake is to run as many 10km laps as I can in 24 hours through the 24 Hour Conti Thunder Run. It’s pretty extreme!”

“I know caring for a terminally ill child is an exhausting, 24-hour task; physically and emotionally. This 24 hour run is quite symbolic of the 24 hour care the children require and I hope by completing the 24 Hour Thunder Run, it inspires people to talk about Jessie May, and why our support is vital to families, and make a donation through my fundraising page if they can.”

“If I raise money for Jessie May during this day of non-stop exercise, it could make a difference to not just one day, but many days, for many families who need that extra bit of support.”

More: Why Jessie May care is so important to families »

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