Meningitis Now Young Ambassador Sophie Coghlan

Cider Circuit success

Sophie C 7th September 2017

With my time as a Young Ambassador coming to a close next year, I wanted to plan something big that I could continue for the charity after I am, dare I say it, too old for the Young Ambassador title.


I wanted the event to be a fun day that raised awareness as well as a bit of money for the cause.

Being from the West Country I thought what do folks from my neck of the woods love more than tractors…. CIDER! And so the Cider Circuit was born.

The Cider Circuit is a 5k relay, where teams of four run a 1k lap each before completing the last lap together.

The course involves a few obstacles such as a hay-bale stack, a slip and slide and even an apple bobbing station.

All competitors got a free pint of cider or ale and a goody bag at the end. The cider and ale was kindly donated by three local breweries; Thatchers, Ashton Press and Cheddar Ale.

The amazing goody bags had been put together by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, which included very generous gifts as well as bottles of water donated by Tout’s Budgens, and some Meningitis Now merchandise.

We also had a main sponsor, Tru-Tension, who kindly donated all the hay-bales for the obstacle course. 

Thanks to all the kind donations and generosity of these companies, including a start and finish sign from Henson’s, we were ready to go!

Word had clearly got around about the event and we had 28 teams signed up and by some small miracle the weather, for the first time on an August bank holiday, was looking good!

The day was a great success with a fab turn-out. Teams of families, friends and running groups took part, with even members of the Rugby club giving it a go.

Everyone appeared to cross the line with a big smile on their slightly red and soaking wet face.


We had four prize winning teams which consisted of:

First place: Scrambled Legs

Second place: Top Scrumpy

Third Place: Headless Chickens

Best Dressed: BAD BACKwell Babes

Best Team Name: Cirque Du Sore Legs

Due to the fantastic weather everybody seemed happy to enjoy the sunshine with their pint and goody bags after the race.

Even our fantastic gang of marshals were able to soak up the rays after their duties with a pint in hand, and we had a brill trio who cooked up a storm on the BBQ, taking over £550 on hotdogs alone.

People were also able to have a look round our Meningitis Now awareness stall which was manned by volunteers Annette, her husband and their two beautiful dogs.                                                                      

After all the endless emails, sleepless nights and constant badgering of people, the day turned out to be a great success.

Thank you

We managed to raise £2,000 in total from the event with every penny going towards the great work that Meningitis Now do.

Thank you to all those who took part in the event and helped in making it such a success.

Thank you also to Meningitis Now for all their amazing support and promotion, as well as all sponsors and companies who helped with the various donations.

Most importantly thank you to my amazing Dad who took all my weird and wonderful ideas and actually made them happen!

We are hoping to make it an annual event so if you fancy getting your scrumpy heads on and clambering your way through a hay strewn fun run - then keep an eye out for our event next year!