Run, raise money and get a free pint!

22nd May 2017

Not doing anything this August bank holiday? You and three friends could be part of the first ever ‘Cider Circuit’ happening on Saturday 26 August 2017 at Nailsea and Backwell rugby club.


The ‘Cider Circuit’ is a 5K relay involving various obstacles and challenges, including a hay bale climbing stack, an ice water pool and a slip and slide.

All team members must run at least two laps of the 1K circuit in any combination that they choose, for example, one lap each and then all four team members complete the last lap together.

There will be prizes for the winning team, but also for the best team name and best dressed team, as well as a raffle, which will be drawn during the race. Raffle prizes include a hamper from local cider makers Thatchers, who are also very kindly supplying the free cider to participants.

Free pint

On completion of the circuit all team members aged 18 or over, will have earned themselves a FREE PINT of the West Country’s finest (soft drinks will be available for under 18s), and a goody bag provided by solicitors firm Irwin Mitchell. Goody bags will contain a signs and symptoms card and beer mat from Meningitis Now, and some snacks and other freebies from local businesses.

Sophie Coghlan, organiser of the event and Young Ambassador for Meningitis Now said: “I wanted to organise a fun charity event for Meningitis Now and decided to go with an obstacle course.

The course will be fun and challenging, and I thought what better way to celebrate and relax afterwards than to have a nice pint of cider – and so the cider circuit was born!"

Sophie was just 12 years old when she contracted meningitis, and spent two weeks in intensive care at the Bristol Children’s hospital. Thankfully she made a full recovery, and was determined to help raise awareness of the disease by becoming a Young Ambassador for Meningitis Now.

Raise awareness

She added: “I feel very passionately that people should be made aware of the symptoms of the disease so they can be more prepared than I was.

Holding events like the ‘Cider Circuit’ help to raise awareness and I would like to thank local business Tru-tension for sponsoring this event.”

Carrie Bater, Community Fundraiser for Meningitis Now said: “As a charity we are solely dependent on donations and this event will help us continue to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of meningitis and to support families affected by the disease.

We are so grateful to Sophie for organising this fantastic event, an obstacle course followed by a pint – sounds like good fun to me!”

There will be food available after the event at the rugby club, and the bar will be open all day if your free pint gets your taste buds wanting more!

If the cider circuit doesn’t sound good enough already, it’s just £40 per team to enter – that’s a tenner each! Not only will your donation go directly to Meningitis Now, you will get the following in return; a fun relay race, prizes for the winning team, pint of cider on completion of the course, a goody bag, and a whole load of fun!

Sign up

How do I enter I hear you say?! It’s really easy; just fill in the registration form.

Once you have completed the registration form visit the ‘Cider Circuit’ Just Giving page to make your £40 donation:

Make sure you enter your team name in the comments section so that we know your team has paid its entry fee - it’s literally that simple!

If you would like a Meningitis Now T-Shirt, tick the box on your entry form and donate an extra £5 per person and you will receive your T-Shirt at registration on the day!

Registration will be open from 11am, and you can also enter a team on the day until 11:30am.

A briefing and warm up will begin at 11:45am (which all runners must attend), before the race begins at 12pm, followed by the presentation of prizes at 1.30pm.

Everyone is welcome, so lace up your running shoes and join us on Saturday 26 August!

What better way to start your bank holiday than raising money for charity and being rewarded with a pint?! I’ll drink to that. Cheers!