Go the whole hog in Balfron

whole hog winners
whole hog winners

RUNNERS are planning on going the whole hog when they take part in the Marie Curie Cancer Care run in Balfron later this month.

The Dunbartonshire patron of the charity Fenella Taylor from Gartocharn near Drymen and her team will be defending their title in the Whole Hog Challenge which is taking place on Glenside Farm, Balfron on Saturday, May 21.

Now in its third year, the Whole Hog challenge invites individuals as well as teams of friends, family and colleagues to test their mental and physical stamina against nature’s elements for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Fenella’s team, the Greetin Jessies, were the first ladies team home last year so they are hoping for success again.

Set against the backdrop of truly beautiful scenery, it is hoped about 250 participants will climb up waterfalls and scramble through mud during the six-mile assault course. Ian Loombe, an ex-Marine who specialises in adventure activities, was specially commissioned by Marie Curie to create the exclusive adventure event by making the best possible use of the rugged terrain.

Fenella said: “Marie Curie Cancer Care is a charity very close to my heart so doing the Whole Hog is not just a physical challenge but a great way of earning funds for the charity and being able to provide more Marie Curie nurses in the Stirlingshire and surrounding area.

“Every £20 raised will provide one hour of nursing care in a patient’s home. Every £180 will cover a whole night’s care.

“Research has shown more than 65 per cent of people would like to die at home with their loved ones around them but in reality this often doesn’t happen.

“The more we raise at The Whole Hog the more terminally ill people we are helping in this area.”

Once over the finish line, celebrations will begin in traditional style for the contenders with a hog roast party.

All the money raised from the challenge will go towards supporting the vital services that Marie Curie provides, completely free of charge, to patients with terminal cancer and other life limiting illnesses.

Individuals need to pay a £35 fee and commit to a minimum of £150 in sponsorship. Teams of three are required to pay £105 and commit to a minimum sponsorship of £450. Each registration includes a complimentary t-shirt. Fenella and her team are also under taking pre-challenge outdoor circuit training at 10am on Tuesday mornings in Killearn.

To register for the event, call 08700 340 040, e-mail wholehog@mariecurie.org.uk or visit www.mariecurie/org.uk/wholehogbalfron.