Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Stars of film and TV to join Rebels minithon

Monday 21st September 2009

LOOKING FOR ERIC film star, Steve Evets and James Quinn from the TV comedy series, Early Doors, will be leading the FC United challenge against rugby league club, Rochdale Hornets in a three mile fun run during October, writes Jules Spencer

The three mile “Run, Walk or Crawl” Minithon involving players and hundreds of other participants, will be held in leafy Chorlton Meadows besides the River Mersey on Sunday October 18th.

The challenge between new Co-operative rugby league club, Rochdale Hornets, who play with their oval shaped balls and FC United of Manchester, with their round balls, is to see who can raise the most money for North West children’s hospital charity, Medequip4kids.

Half the money raised by each team’s entrants will go to Medequip4kids and half to their respective clubs.

People across Greater Manchester are invited to participate and support either the team from Rochdale or the Manchester rebels.

As a gesture of thanks, all those entering for FC United are being offered a free ticket to an FC home league fixture of their choosing whilst the Hornets are offering a free ticket to the their first home game in the new rugby league season for their backers.

Key runners for FC United include Labrador, Boru, who holds the record time for dragging a pet owner around the course. Boru will be running to win a new pet bed this year, whilst valuable prizes will go to the fastest runners, best fancy dress entrants and entrants with the best headgear as it is being hoped to top the £18,000 raised last year.

Medequip Charity Director, Mike Hughson says: “The funds raised through the Minithon event are vitally important in enabling MedEquip4Kids to continue to improve the health of injured and very poorly children in our local hospitals. All those that took part in the event last year will testify as to what a well organized and thoroughly enjoyable event it was. Sign on for the Minithon this year and we promise you another great day out.”