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Ragnar, the largest overnight relay in the US, is making its UK debut right here in the South East, and Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice have been chosen as charity partners for the event.
The inaugural Reebok Ragnar White Cliffs relay will take place on 23 and 24 September. Starting in Maidstone, teams of 10 will take it in turns to run 170ish miles along the south east coast. After passing through the picturesque towns of Faversham, Ramsgate, Dover, Folkstone, Rye, Hastings and Eastbourne, teams will finish their journey in Brighton.
Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice has been chosen as one of only 4 charity partners for the event, and is the only local charity to be involved. The hospice cares for children with life shortening conditions and their families in East and West Sussex and South-East Hampshire, offering respite, emergency and end of life care as well as ongoing bereavement support.
“We’re excited to be involved in the first UK Ragnar” says Kerry O’Neill, Events Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House. “It’s unique; 10 friends, in 2 vans, running day and night along the spectacular coastline of Kent and East Sussex. And the great thing is that anyone, from novices to seasoned runners, can be a Ragnarian, you just need to dream big, inspire each other and conquer together.”
Oceanair, manufacturer of blinds and soft furnishings, based in Selsey, West Sussex have already signed up for the challenge. “We were thrilled to have been selected to run on behalf of Chestnut Tree House for 2017,” says Oceanair’s Marketing Executive and team captain for the SKYRUNNERS, Catherine Grinstead. “The company voted at the beginning of the year to select and support a local charity; with Chestnut being close to the heart for many of our employees, we are excited to have the opportunity to fundraise – especially with the platform of such an exciting event.”
Oceanair’s UK Sales Manager, Jemma Cook, is joining the team for the event; she had this to say about the Reebok Ragnar White Cliffs: “I heard about the Ragnar relay 6 months ago now, and wanted to sign up immediately; so, when the opportunity came up to run with Oceanair – it was a no brainer. To run for such a good cause is a real motivator!”
The Reebok Ragnar White Cliffs takes place in 23 and 24 September. Teams of 10 will take turns to run 170ish miles, with each team member running 3 times and each leg being between 3-11 miles and varying in difficulty.
To take on the challenge for Chestnut Tree House there is no registration fee; each person must, instead, pledge to raise a minimum of £100 sponsorship. Teams can find out more and apply for a charity place with Chestnut Tree House by clicking here or can ring the events team on 01323 725095.