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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Hell on the Harbourside was just the beginning!

THE team behind a trio of hugely successful fundraising events in 2013 are hoping to build on their success in 2014.

Hell on the Harbourside, St Bees Beach Bash and the Santa Dash got people fit and offered them a challenge but most importantly raised over £30,000 for local good causes.

The organising team said: “With more events planned for next year, we’d encourage anyone looking for a fun challenge to sign up and take part, and in doing so, know that they are raising money to help local charities.”

The fun began in May when 350 people from all over the country descended on Whitehaven harbour to tackle natural and manufactured obstacles in a military-style assault course.

With a children’s race enjoyed by youngsters and hundreds of people turning out to cheer on the competitors, it was a truly family event.

One of those taking part on the day was Emma Gooch, the chief executive of NuExec Consulting based at Westlakes Science Park, who raised over £1,000 for the charity Cash For Kids.

Emma is taking part again next year, and her company is sponsoring the event.

She said: “When I took on the challenge last year I was the most unfit person ever and didn’t dream I would be able to complete it.

“What a personal achievement it would be, whatever your fitness level, to take part either on your own or as part of a team and to improve your health, prove you can do it and raise money for local charities.”

Working on a non-profit making basis, the first event generated over £20,000 for local charities through personal sponsorship and donations made from the entry fees.

In August, the organisers moved to St Bees to run the first beach-based obstacle challenge to be held in the UK. Over 150 people took part in the St Bees Beach Bash on Bank Holiday Sunday.

Before completing the obstacles set out on the beach, competitors were put through their paces in the beach boot camp provided by Lillyhall-based Xtreme Fitness.

Lee Butterworth, the owner of Xtreme Fitness, said: “We were pleased to support the Beach Bash as these events are all about taking part and available to all levels of fitness.

“Through Hell on the Harbourside, the team from my gym were able to raise over £3,000 for local charities.”

The final event of the year took place in December as over 200 Santas descended on the town to take part in the Family Santa Dash and the Santa Dash Extreme.

Next year’s first event is the second Hell on the Harbourside on Sunday, May 25. The event, including a new route and new obstacles, is already 20 per cent full. Participants can sign up at www.sientries.co.uk.

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Well worth the drive up to Whitehaven to take part, kids enjoyed doing their race - never seen this at an event before, really friendly atmosphere and great buzz around the harbour, fantastic location as well

Posted by Bill on 10 January 2014 at 20:15

We did the family Santa dash and my 2 and 4 year olds loved it, what a great way to start Christmas - can't wait to do it again this year

Posted by Sharon on 10 January 2014 at 15:54

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