Fancy joining Cancer Fund for Children on Sunday 9th October for Northern Ireland's 'primitive' 5K challenge through Co. Down's Castlewellan Forest Park? Be part of a mighty gathering of Bog Runners as they battle it out, brace muddy obstacles and conquer the rugged, merciless, Irish landscape for local families living with childhood cancer!
Gone are the days when a 5K road race seemed exciting …. These days we dare to be different! We want to be muddy! Very muddy! Make this October 9th your moment to come away with a story to tell and photos to share.
The Bog Run will be quite physically challenging, but it's more dirty than dangerous! We want people to have some good old muddy and messy fun, so don't get 'bogged' down worrying about how fit you are! Anyone over the age of 16 can take part however those under 18 will need written permission from a parent or guardian.
Let's talk money:
It costs £30 to register and we ask each Bog Runner to raise £100 minimum sponsorship. Our team of Fundraisers will be here to help you every step of the way.
Special discounted registration price of £25pp for the next 100 to sign up starting from 9am Thursday 18th August! Sign up now to ensure you don't miss out!
How getting muddy will help:
Money raised will support a range of important Cancer Fund for Children services including Daisy Lodge, our therapeutic short break centre located nearby in the tranquil and restorative foothills of the Mourne Mountains. By taking part you will help ensure children, young people and families don't have to face cancer alone.
Is The Bog Run a race?
The Bog Run is not a race but more an opportunity to challenge yourself against nature. The Bog Run is not a timed event.
5k or 10k – it’s up to you!
For those who feel they are more than a match for the bog, you will have the opportunity to take part in a 10K version of the run. We are opening two running bands up to all participants, so if you think you are Pure Boggin’, you can enter the 10K band or if you are more Bog Standard, the 5k will be just right for you!
Can I bring friends and family to cheer me on?
If you haven’t convinced them to take part, then they are more than welcome to come down to Castlewellan Forest Park to watch you get boggin’! Spectators are not permitted on all parts of the course – there will be designated spectator areas at the start and finsh line.
What happens if the weather is awful?
Let’s face it, if you’re put off by a bit of rain then you might not be cut out for the bog! If it rains the course just gets boggier and will go ahead whatever the weather. Well, unless it snows or Castlewellan has it’s first ever hurricane …then we might have to rethink things!
What about parking?
Parking is available within the grounds of the forest park however, please note there is a charge of £5 per car (this charge is a Forest Service levy) so we suggest you car pool as much as possible! Public transport may also be tricky as it is a Sunday so check out your options well in advance.
What about after? Any chance of a shower?
Well, yes, there will be shower facilities available on the day although they are limited. To save you hanging around, we have kindly also supplied a ‘hot tub’ which will be available for you to jump in! Bring your own shower gel! Toilets and changing facilities are also available although space is limited so please be patient!
How do I claim my burger and drink afterwards?
All participants will be given a token which they can present to the event caterers to claim your food and drink!
What should I wear?
• We would suggest the oldest, grossest, least fashionable clothes and shoes you own because we can guarantee you one thing….you probably won’t want to wear them again! We would suggest a really old pair of trainers or a really cheap new pair.
• We would advise that you wear old training bottoms or shorts and a t-shirt….don’t worry, we won’t be offended if you wear your gorgeous new Bog Run t-shirt…well not really!
• Fancy dress is also to be encouraged….never mind the mud, make a fool of yourself before you even dip a toe… Halloween is just around the corner!
• Think about clothes that won’t freeze you to the bone if you get wet – layering up might be a good idea! Also, we do not have the facility to store valuables so please leave them behind or with friends or family. There will be an area to leave your changing stuff while you run.
• Bring bin bags!! Lots of them!! Unless you want your car to look like it did the Bog Run as well!
I’m not sure I can raise £100 sponsorship – can I still take part?
While we are thrilled to be able to get you all together and have a great old time getting boggin’ and having a laugh, the reason why we put on events like the Bog Run is to raise vital funds to help local families living with childhood cancer. We do not receive government funding and rely heavily on local people getting involved and raising money to help children and young adults across Northern Ireland who are currently fighting cancer.
We’re here to help!
We understand that £100 can seem daunting but we guarantee that once you start, you will be surprised at what you can achieve and how happy your friends and family are to support you! And we are here to support you as well with fundraising tips, materials like buckets and sponsorship forms and guidelines on things like setting up Just Giving! Go on, try your best! We will be delighted with whatever money you raise!