Paws for thought every week with self confessed barking mad, dog lover Lisa Moir.
In light of recent negative press surrounding pedigree dogs and dog showing, Lisa examines a more positive side of the Dog World.
In today’s Pawcast, Lisa speaks to Gavin Robertson, owner and handler of ‘Jilly’ the Crufts Best in Show winner, about the fantastic win, a charitable dog walk (aptly named “Jilly’s Jolly Jaunt”), and an exciting “Pawscars” awards ceremony just launched last week!
Ross Winton, Sports Correspondent
Edinburgh will play host to a charity fun run next month, in a bid to raise money for a number of charities.
The picturesque Holyrood Park will be the location for the 5km run, set to take place on Sunday 23rd Octorber.
‘Big Fun Run’ is a nationwide event, hosted by 13 different towns and cities across the
UK, including four in Scotland.
The event is supported by 76 different charities, however participants are welcome to run in honour of any charity they wish to.
Amongst this year’s participants are a group of young men running in honour of a late friend.
Scott Rennie, 20, and a group of 12 former St Augustine’s RC High School students, will be taking part to honour the passing of their friend Rachel Appolinari, who passed away in August following a short illness.
“We thought it would be a great way to honour our old school friend and her family after their sad loss” said Rennie, a Product Design Student at Strathclyde University.
“Me and the boys will be running to raise money for the Edinburgh Centre for Neuro-oncology at the Western General, where Rachel had her treatment. The aim is to raise at least £1,200 and we are well on target to do so. The support from all our friends and family has been brilliant and we hope to do Rachel proud.”
Hibernian FC star David Wotherspoon is amongst those who made a donation, with a £25 contribution towards the fund.
The run will commence at 11am on Sunday 23rd October and there is still time to enter online by visiting http://www.bigfunrun.com. Those wishing to contribute to Scott’s cause can do so by contacting http://www.justgiving.com/running-for-rachel.
Then Girls Night Out could be just what your looking for. World Vision is hosting this event up and down the country, with live entertainment from famous vocal coach Carrie Grant and renowned comedian Jo Enright. The event has arrived in Edinburgh and is a chance to meet up with friends, have sweet treats, a few drinks as well as a good time.
Carrie Grant is most famous for her role as vocal coach in the Television show Fame Academy. She has worked with famous stars such as Take That, Gwyneth Paltrow and Melanie C. She is also one of the top motivational speakers in the country. At Girls Night Out Carrie will be sharing her musical talent, speaking on her time spent in India with World Vision, and sharing her life story.
Winner of several comedy awards, Jo is sure to get the crowd roaring. She has been doing stand-up for several years as well as being involved with theater, television and radio productions. She will be talking about her relationship with her mother and discussing womens’ fears, tears and what makes them laugh, all in her own unique way.
World Vision is a charity that that aims to tackle poverty, especially when it involves children. They fight for justice around the world with a long-term commitment approach. Through this event, World Vision aims to share how women in India are not that different from women in Britain. Showing how they also have hopes, dreams and a desire to give their family the best life possible.
The event will be held at St. Pauls’ and St. Georges’ church, 46 York Place on Friday 30 September. Tickets are £8 or £10 on the door. All guests will receive a free goody bag, in correlation with Cadbury and a chance to win fabulous prizes. Doors will open at 7:00 pm,with the program starting at 7:30 pm.
Nearly 300 runners participated in Edinburgh’s third Urbanathlon last Sunday, on a breezy but glorious day in the shadow of picturesque Arthur’s seat.
In this 10k run with a twist, runners scrambled, crawled, jumped, and waded their way through 11 obstacles along the track. Many embraced the fancy dress theme with penguins, where’s wally, superheroes, ninjas, pink ladies and the Tasmanian devil all turning up in great spirits to raise funds for the Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland charity.
Speaking before the event started, Melanie Queen, whose family traveled from East Kilbride clad in fancy dress, said ‘Urbanathlon is fun, a great way to raise funds, and should be good for the kids’.
Aside from being a great way for adults and children alike to let their hair down, the event was also a great training exercise for the many athletes who attended. 25 year old Chloe Cox, a Scottish half-marathon runner, recorded the fastest time of he day, crossing the finish line after an impressive 41 minutes. Ian McEwan, a sprinter from Glasgow attending the event for the second time, said, ‘I really enjoyed it, especially the bouncy castle obstacle. It was good training for me’.
The run was truly international with two runners from Chicago, one from Canada and another from Northern Ireland all joining in. ‘Rob’ Roy Davidson, the winner of this year’s Total Wipeout also completed the challenge in his trademark kilt.
Organisers are pleased that the day went well, and it is expected that they will exceed their target of raising Twenty thousand pounds.
Organiser Alison Bertram said ‘We hugely appreciate all the efforts our runners and their supporters went to for what is now the fifth outing for Urbanathlon in Scotland. It was a bit windy in places but the runners all did themselves proud and brought a great atmosphere to Holyrood Park. Many thanks to everyone who took part, came and cheered and helped us marshal the 10km route’.
All funds raised will help support those affected by chest, heart and stroke illness in Scotland via research, advice, support services and community groups.
And here are some photos from the event, provided by CHSS Fundraising.