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- 27. May 2008.

Gallop N Grind - New 14 Mile Duathlon - launched today


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News Release – Monday 26 May 2008



Fort William based No Fuss Events, today (Monday 26 May 2008), announced the launch of Gallop N Grind, a new fundraising event aimed at all ages and skill levels, to be staged in and around Fort William in the Highlands of Scotland on Saturday 27 September 2008.

Gallop N Grind is a fourteen-mile duathlon - a three and a half mile run, jog or walk followed by a nine-mile cycle (any combination counts!) - on some of the most scenic trails and roads in the Outdoor Capital of the UK - in aid of Highland cancer care.

This health-promoting event has been the inspiration of Sharon Fraser, a 39 year old mother of four boys, including three year old twins, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2006. Her treatment and battle to regain full health has often required long stays in The Belford Hospital, Fort William and the Oncology Ward of Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.

Whilst Sharon Fraser confides, when pushed, that the last twenty months have been difficult at times for the whole family, as everyone knows who has undergone the gruelling regime of chemotherapy, it is hopes, dreams and aspirations for the future that keep you strong: 'My journey has heightened my awareness as to the high quality of care that cancer patients receive within the highlands and of the expertise, dedication and compassion of staff at all levels within both The Belford and Raigmore Hospitals.

'Early on in my treatment, when returning to normality seemed a million miles away, I dreamt of being able to 'give something back', as a mark of appreciation for the care I had received in the hospitals; and that offered by the local MacMillan team. I now feel very privileged that I am in a position to realise my goal through Gallop N Grind.

'I really hope that we can raise significant amounts of money this year and my vision is for the Gallop N Grind to become an annual event that will continue to raise money in years to come, money that can be used to support cancer care in the highlands and be donated to various causes committed to beating cancer.'

With a sports background and an avid interest in promoting physical activity Sharon was passionate about putting together an event that would reflect her own personal interest and experience. So, together with No Fuss Events, Gallop N Grind has been designed to be accessible to all regardless of age, experience or fitness level. It will not only create a personal challenge for the more elite athlete but will also be the perfect springboard to kick start a more healthy lifestyle, whether it be to become more active, loose weight, cut down on alcohol or to stop smoking – all positive things can initiate major lifestyle changes and impact positively on daily life.

There is a growing body of evidence that indicates reducing the risk of cancer can be achieved through healthy eating, maintaining a healthy weight and increasing physical activity of which Gallop N Grind is a great example.

With one in three people in the Highlands being linked with cancer, whether it be personally or through a relative, It is also hoped that Gallop N Grind will create a common bond amongst participants united in their own desire to give something back whether it be through a personal experience or in support or memory of a friend or relative.

Sharon added: 'I urge everyone out there to 'give up' some of your time to support Gallop N Grind. Please 'give up' your Saturday in support of cancer care in The Highlands. 'Cancer doesn't give up but you have a choice''

Gallop N Grind is being sponsored by Henderson the Jewellers and The Running Company. Alastair Henderson, Managing Director of Henderson the Jewellers and The Running Company, said: 'As a family Company employing a workforce of around 160 people, we are often dealing with the impact of cancer on both a professional and a personal level. For many years we have committed our fundraising towards helping the Hospice organisation around the country so it was a natural extension of our current efforts to agree to associate our name with Gallop N Grind.

'In the last year we have expanded our retail business into the world of specialist running shops with the opening of The Running Company in Bridge of Allan. With the University so close and also the existence of several very active local running clubs, we have had a fantastic start to the venture and are pleased to be able to sponsor this outdoor event which is very much in keeping with the whole ethos of the new shop.

'We wish Sharon and all at No Fuss Events the very best for Gallop N Grind.'

All money raised from Gallop N Grind will be donated to The Belford Hospital, Fort William and to The Oncology Ward 2c at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness. Whilst there is not a minimum amount to be raised event organisers really do urge entrants to make a pledge to raise as much money as they can, whether it be through friends, family, work colleagues or indeed by asking for support from local businesses.

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