Get moo-ving for Send a Cow and join their Bath Half team

Bath-based charity Send a Cow is enjoying its 30th anniversary this year and aims to celebrate by having their biggest ever team of runners for the Bath Half Marathon.  With a number of places left to fill before the registration deadline on 25 January, the charity is making one final push, calling on local running enthusiasts to help them fill 30 places for 30 years.

Challenge Events Officer, Chelsea Powell said: ‘‘We’ve had a flurry of sign ups over Christmas but we’ve still got some charity places remaining. With just a few weeks before the registration deadline, we’re urging people to sign up and run for Send a Cow. You’ll be helping us to celebrate our 30th anniversary while supporting some of Africa’s poorest people. As well as receiving fundraising support and a free running vest, all new sign-ups will also receive a free bag of whole bean coffee thanks to Starbucks!’’

Send a Cow’s herd of runners will be easily recognisable in their cow-print running vests and matching cow ears. As part of the anniversary celebrations, the charity is also organising a free training event in January where runners can receive running advice from elite British triathlete Brian Glynn.

Proving that it’s never too late to start a new hobby, Hennie Symington from Bath only took up running at the age of 50 and has since run the Bath Half Marathon three times for Send a Cow. She said: ‘‘My sons said to me ‘Everybody can run mum’ so they sort of taught me how to run. I needed a focus so the boys said they would run the Bath Half with me then we chose Send a Cow, because I really think this charity is fantastic…It was a double thing; getting fit and running it for the charity.”

To join Hennie and the rest of the Send a Cow team, sign up at Entry is just £10 and runners are asked to raise at least £200 in sponsorship. The money raised will help provide struggling families in the poorest parts of Africa with the training, tools, seeds and livestock to produce their own food, helping them to lift themselves out of poverty for good. Confirm your place before the registration deadline on 25 January.

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