£500 to the Blencathra Centre

The Montane Lakeland 100 competitors raise thousands of pounds for the Epic Kidz charity. Every July runners take part in this iconic event by completing either 50 or 100 (105) miles around the Lake District. Along the way the runners pass through 14 checkpoints manned entirely by volunteers. We have asked all of the checkpoint owners & managers from the 2017 event to nominate a group or charity to receive an Epic Kidz donation. Over the next few months we will be blogging about all the donations made to all the good causes nominated by our Lakeland 100 family.

Our next donation in the Lakeland 100 donation series has come from The Blencathra Centre who are kind enough to allow us to use their Centre as the base for one of our Lakeland 100 checkpoints.

BlencathraThe Blencathra Centre has a national reputation for fieldwork and was established by the Field Studies Council in 1993. The main building is a former Sanatorium which was converted into the field centre in 1993. The Blencathra Field Studies Council (FSC) is an environmental educational charity which provides informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore and understand the environment. They are an independent charity that receives no core revenue or funding from statutory sources and therefore rely on fees paid by visitors and on the generosity of donors to finance the activities at the centre.

The Blencathra Centre has been fundraising for a couple of years to have a defibrillator installed. The cost of the defibrillator is around £1600 and they are currently at £800. The £500 donation will be put towards this fundraising cause so that they can get a defibrillator installed as soon as possible. It will be a huge benefit, not only to the many visitors at the Centre but also the many walkers (& runners) who pass by daily.

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£500 donated to the Kentmere Institute

The Montane Lakeland 100 competitors raise thousands of pounds for the Epic Kidz charity. Every July runners take part in this iconic event by completing either 50 or 100 (105) miles around the Lake District. Along the way the runners pass through 14 checkpoints manned entirely by volunteers. We have asked all of the checkpoint owners & managers from the 2017 event to nominate a group or charity to receive an Epic Kidz donation. Over the next few months we will be blogging about all the donations made to all the good causes nominated by our Lakeland 100 family.

KentmereThe next donation in our series comes via a nomination from the owners of the Kentmere Checkpoint. Kentmere is a very small parish, with only 75 people living there. As many of our Lakeland 100/50 runners will know, despite the tiny number of residents, Kentmere is home to a large village hall and a large church which the parish has to maintain year upon year.

This year the Kentmere checkpoint owners have asked for the donation to go to the Kentmere Institute (the location of the Lakeland 100 checkpoint) so that it can be used to benefit the small number of children that live in the parish as well as the many people who come to visit the lovely valley.

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£500 to Potteries Active Kids

The Montane Lakeland 100 competitors raise thousands of pounds for the Epic Kidz charity. Every July runners take part in this iconic event by completing either 50 or 100 (105) miles around the Lake District. Along the way the runners pass through 14 checkpoints manned entirely by volunteers. We have asked all of the checkpoint owners & managers from the 2017 event to nominate a group or charity to receive an Epic Kidz donation. Over the next few months we will be blogging about all the donations made to all the good causes nominated by our Lakeland 100 family.

Our next donation in the series has come from ‘Little Dave’. Little Dave is a massive #LakelandLegend. He manages the Blencathra checkpoint throughout the night, normally whilst dressed as a fairy!  His mum is even more well-known as she is the mastermind behind “Little Dave’s Mum’s Chocolate Cake”, vital running fuel which can only be found at Blencathra. Dave has chosen Potteries Active Kids to receive his £500 donation.

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Potteries Active Kids (PAK) aim to increase participation in sports and exercise for youngsters and children in Stoke on Trent and the Potteries. They started off with running, hosting a free 2k run every Sunday morning, and hope to introduce many other sports such as football, rugby, tennis, martial arts and many more in the future. They want to help children to habitually take part in regular exercise.

PAK originally started off with just the one run location but they now have another two additional locations in the pipeline. This year alone they have encouraged 103 extra children to take part in their weekly runs and it is their aim to keep on growing. The £500 donation from Epic Kidz & the Lakeland 100 Family will be put towards helping to get the word about PAK out to the local community. It will be used to produce leaflets to be given to schools to spread the word as well as visiting the local schools in person, working with the kids and encouraging them to become involved.

You can find out more about PAK and the great work they do at http://www.potteriesactivekids.co.uk

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Epic Kidz Sponsor TENW Junior Tri Series

The Triathlon England North West Junior Tri Series is a series packed full of top quality multi sport events such as triathlons, aquathlons & duathlons and is open to anyone aged from 9 to 19, who holds a Triathlon England membership. The NW Junior Series is the breeding ground for our future champions and well supported by all NW clubs.image

Unfortunately the regional funding has been cut for the upcoming 2018 season, which is required to run the series successfully. Epic Events / Epic Kidz have stepped in to support the series and has made a £2000 donation. This donation will be used to fund the events in the series and also the annual presentation night.

Epic Kidz is committed to supporting youngsters in the region and we’re thankful of the opportunity to support such a great series. There are countless volunteers within the NW clubs who make this series happen and their role is critical for triathlon development in the region. We very much look forward to watching the juniors perform over the next year.

If you have any children interested in being involved in the TENW Tri Series you can find more information and contact details HERE

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£450 donation to Ormskirk FC

Epic Kidz has donated £450 to Ormskirk FC to enable them to purchase new match and training kits for their U9’s Yellow team.

Orms Jnr1Ormskirk FC is an FA Charter Standard Club that is affiliated to the Lancashire FA. They curently have over 20 junior teams that play in grassroots football leagues througout the North West. The club is run by volunteers and they rely on sponsorship to help fund the cost of their match and training kits.

The U9’s Yellow team play their matches on a Sunday in the Skelmersdale Junior Football League. They have been doing really well over the past couple of seasons, having won the Skem JFL Cup last season as well as getting to the semi-finals of the OWE tournament in the Summer. Hopefully there will be more silverware to come for the team in their new kit.

The club have passed on their thanks for the donation and have told us how smart the children look in their new kit.

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£500 to help Leigh RUFC Dragons “Smash The Aussies”

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Leigh RUFC U15s Dragons epitomise teamwork and dedication, whilst thoroughly enjoying playing and training for the game. Several of the players have been with the squad since the age of 5 and recent successes, including a promotion into Pool A of the Lancashire Cup after a thrilling cup final last year, have seen the squad swell to 22 players, with new players always being welcomed to the team and throughout all school age groups.

It seemed like a pipedream to the Dragons 4 years ago when an “Austrailia Tour” was first suggested but next year the team’s Australia Tour will finally become a reality. The Dragons will test themselves against the best of local Australian teams, as well as staying together for 3 weeks in a “pro style” training camp on the Gold Coast with 2 training sessions per day and 5 competitive fixtures. A strong and committed coaching team of 6 are also funding themselves to accompany the team, which includes former players Scott Martin (Leigh, Salford, Sheffield Eagles, Rochdale) and Gary Monaghan (Preston Grasshoppers).

To fund this trip of a lifetime, the squad have been very busy, tirelessly fundraising for 4 years through many different events. Next year they plan to do a sponsored Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge as their final fundraiser.

Epic Kidz has donated £500 to the Dragons to help the team buy some much needed training kit to help them “smash the Aussies”!

For more information about Leigh RUFC mini and juniors sections you can visit them at http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/leigh

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£250 to Black Combe Runners Juniors

The Montane Lakeland 100 competitors raise thousands of pounds for the Epic Kidz charity. Every July runners take part in this iconic event by completing either 50 or 100 (105) miles around the Lake District. Along the way the runners pass through 14 checkpoints manned entirely by volunteers. We have asked all of the checkpoint owners & managers from the 2017 event to nominate a group or charity to receive an Epic Kidz donation. Over the next few months we will be blogging about all the donations made to all the good causes nominated by our Lakeland 100 family.

Last week we introduced the Seathwaite checkpoint and the first part of their donation. Their second nomination is the Black Combe Runners (Juniors). BC runners a

The Black Combe Runners have been around since the 80s however the junior section was set up in 2017. The club coaches have almost finished obtaining their qualifications to enable them to provide full training and it is the aim of the club to get sessions up and running by the new year. Once they have their sessions up and running, the club will then be able to promote themselves outside of its current members.

The juniors section of the club accepts anyone up to the age of 18. Their youngest runner is just 1 year old and has already completed a 1 mile race! The club has also had members racing at the English Schools Fell Running Championships and they hope to fly their colours at more races in the future.

Epic Kidz has donated £250 on behalf of the Seathwaite Checkpoint owners which will go towards training for another Leader and equipment to be used in training sessions for the juniors.

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