In the community - 25 August 2017

Less than two weeks to go until registration closes for the first Hawksford Castle Chase

There is just under two weeks to go until registration closes for the first Hawksford Castle Chase.

Event sponsor, Hawksford, is appealing to businesses to encourage their staff to tie up their laces and swap their sandwiches and staffrooms for a lunchtime dash to the Castle and back. This unique and never-been-done-before challenge aims to bring islanders together in celebration of Elizabeth Castle. The event aims to highlight the importance of protecting this historic landmark in the bay.


The four mile relay event, which will be run in pairs, is part of the Love Your Castle campaign launched by Jersey Heritage earlier this year aimed at raising awareness of both the historical and environmental value of Elizabeth Castle.


The Hawksford Castle Chase will take place at lunchtime on 6th September 2017. All funds raised will be allocated to Jersey Heritage restoration projects. The first project will be to restore the Barracks Hospital building within the castle grounds, which is currently closed to the public.


The race is suitable for runners of all abilities, experienced or first time runners are all welcome. Teams of two each run the two miles across the sand to Elizabeth Castle and back.


27 Hawksford team members will be taking part – either as runners or as marshalls. Hawksford hopes its corporate neighbours will follow suit and encourage their employees to sign up for what will be a lunchtime of fun and friendly rivalry.


Michael Powell, director at Hawksford, who is taking part, said: ‘Elizabeth Castle is such an integral part of the southern coastline and a view which those of us who work on The Esplanade enjoy every day, either on our way to and from work, or from our buildings. My genuine wish is to see the profile of the Castle raised among the local community. Hopefully this event will be a step in that direction.’


Regular runner Ryan Crawford, senior business development executive at Hawksford said: ‘The best thing about running in Jersey is the scenery and the castles are such an iconic part of it. I’m looking forward to running on the mixture of tarmac, sand and castle!’


‘I haven’t run for a few years so I thought this would be the perfect challenge to motivate me to get into running again and so far it’s working! Now I’m just really looking forward to enjoying the challenge and doing it for such a great cause,’ added Mellissa Morris, senior company and trust administrator at Hawksford.


To enter the race, for a team of two is £40 and it’s £35 for Jersey Heritage Corporate members. You can register at Registration closes on 4th September.


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