Boxing Day ChallengeThe population of Gloucestershire may well be full of turkey and mince pies on Boxing Day, but many have signed up for the Boxing Day Challenge in aid of Winston’s Wish – and there’s still time to get involved!

Professional Athlete James Brewer organises the Boxing Day Challenge each year, which takes places at the Cheltenham Racecourse.

Entry is free (donations are suggested to Winston’s Wish) and online pre-registration is encouraged to beat the queues ( Registration on the day opens at 9am and the race starts at 10.30am.

Liz Thatcher, Fundraiser for Winston’s Wish, said:

“We’d like to say a huge thankyou to James for his time and effort in helping to organise this event once again, and to Cheltenham Racecourse for use of the venue on Boxing Day.

We’re so grateful to receive support from the community: Creed Foodservice supply yummy mince pies for finishers and local corporate supporter Cotswold BMW sponsor the event.

It’s fantastic that so many people get up and join in to raise funds for Winston’s Wish immediately after Christmas – it’s a great way of blowing the cobwebs out! Bring your family, friends, even the dog – and we hope to spot lots of Christmas jumpers too!”

Last year 1,047 people crossed the finish line, raising a tremendous £7,500 for bereaved children. This year the target is £10,000, which goes directly to the vital therapeutic work Winston’s Wish carries out with bereaved children and their family when they need it most.

James Brewer – himself a British 1500 metre athlete – is excited to host the event once again. He added:

“I love being part of this event – the atmosphere is amazing, seeing lots of families and friends together wearing their Christmas hats and jumpers, discussing the day and enjoying time together.

For those seeking to burn the calories, it’s a great, fun running challenge at a great venue”.

This year the event will feature a two and four-mile option for runners and walkers.  For those who are undertaking this challenge and aiming to run or walk the event, in record time, chip timing will be available.

Winston’s Wish helps children and young people rebuild their lives after the death of their mum, dad, brother or sister, enabling them to face the future with confidence and hope.

Each year, Winston’s Wish reaches over 40,000 bereaved children and young people through an array of dedicated services.