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25th March 2014 - Press Release

Running a charitable weekend on Dover seafront



On the weekend of Saturday 29th March and Sunday 30th March 2014, the Port of Dover is supporting a charitable running festival on Dover seafront.

Featuring a full marathon each day and a 10k run on the Saturday, the festival is set to attract around 200 professional and amateur runners across the three events.

The runs are in aid of the Buttons for Brathay campaign which is raising money for the Brathay Trust.  The charity works to improve the life chances of some of the most vulnerable and hard to reach children and young people.  It helps them to engage positively in their communities by developing their confidence, motivation and skills to positively change their lives.

Event organiser and Port of Dover staff member, Karen Webber, said: “The Port was delighted to facilitate this event for such a great cause.  Improving the life chances of young people is what we are about so it is a great fit with our Youth Engagement Scheme as well as a keep fit opportunity for some from our community.”

Several free places were offered by the charity to the local and port community for participation in the 10k which starts at 11am on the Saturday and will see participants running along the seafront and Prince of Wales pier.

Kaz Hurrell, Buttons for Brathay Coordinator, said: “Thanks to the Port of Dover we have quite a unique course to run in an iconic location that I am sure will inspire the runners to reach the finish line.  Teaming up with the Port is a great partnership of those aiming to be the best port in the world with those looking to achieve the some of the best times in the world and it is all for a fantastic cause.”

The promenade and beach will remain open to the public for both those who wish to watch the races and those wish to go for a weekend stroll.  So come along and cheer them on!

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Issued by Port of Dover External and Corporate Affairs on 01304 240400 (ext 4410 from 8.30 – 17.00)

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