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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.

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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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Bradley Stoke 10k Run sells out within 48 hours

Posted on Monday 4th March 2019 at 12:07 am by SH (Editor)

Finishers at the 2018 Bradley Stoke 10k Run.

ALL 650 places for the 2019 renewal of the Bradley Stoke 10k Run, which takes place on Sunday 9th June as part of the town’s community festival, were snapped up within 48 hours of entries opening on 9th February.

Organised by local ladies-only running club Sole Sisters, the race starts and finishes at the Jubilee Centre in Savages Wood Road, where there will also be free car parking, showers, toilets and refreshments for runners and spectators.

The race route takes in much of the Three Brooks Nature Reserve as well as stretches along Brook Way and Bradley Stoke Way.

Open to men and women aged 16 and over, this year’s race will have a time limit of 90 minutes.

As in previous years, the race will use ‘chip’ timing and all finishers will receive a technical t-shirt and medal.

A spokesperson for Sole Sisters said the club would not be operating a waiting list this year, but anyone who has entered but now finds themselves unable to take part can advertise their place on the Bradley Stoke 10k Facebook page and arrange a self-service transfer through the RaceNation website. This facility will be available up to 31st May.

This article originally appeared in the March 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 14). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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NBRG ‘Couch to 5k’ – Mission accomplished!

Posted on Wednesday 9th January 2019 at 9:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the 'Couch to 5k' course participants at their 'graduation' parkrun, supported by many members of the group.

Back in October, on a cold, dark, Friday evening, just over 30 local residents joined members of North Bristol Running Group (NBRG) to begin their journey to become runners.

Week by week, working in small groups, supported and encouraged by a team of experienced runners, the group increased their fitness and stamina. This was achieved by following a routine of walking and jogging for set periods of time, e.g. one-minute walk, two-minute jog for a total period of twenty minutes. Each week, the group were able to increase the amount of time spent jogging and the distance covered.

Sheila Wilcox, one of the run leaders for NBRG, explained:

“It’s about the fifth week of the course when the magic happens. We see people who struggled to jog for one minute in the first week now able to continue jogging for ten minutes at a time and covering the full 5 km distance, it can get emotional.”

Sheila also described how this year’s group worked hard to succeed, not only training on a Friday evening but also once or twice during each week, adapting their busy schedules to accommodate walk/jog sessions.

On Saturday 8th December, the ‘Couch to 5k’ crew met at The Ridings, Chipping Sodbury to participate in parkrun – a free, weekly, timed 5km run. This event marked the end of the eight week course, and their graduation as runners. They were awarded a medal and celebrated with a sip of well-earned Bucks Fizz!

It’s hoped that the graduates will continue with their new activity of running by continuing to attend the weekly runs that NBRG offer. Another ‘Couch to 5k’ course will be offered by NBRG in the autumn of 2019.

Photo: ‘Couch to 5k’ graduates and NBRG members at Chipping Sodbury parkrun.

• More info: ‘North Bristol Running Group’ on Facebook

This article originally appeared in the January 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 25). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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