The popular Millennium Way Relay event is returning this July as a fundraising event for The Children’s Centre. The relay was first held in 1979 when the Millennium Way first opened. Traditionally, it was on Boxing Day with the last event being held in 2009, but it will return this year on Saturday July 19 thanks to sponsorship from Canada Life International. The event is being organised by Lisa Motley who has recently been appointed as Endurance Events Fundraiser at The Children’s Centre. She is well known in the Island’s athletics community as a club runner and for being co-owner of the Up & Running store in Douglas. Lisa has now left the store to take up the full-time post with The Children’s Centre which will see her organising new events, and helping her colleagues in the fundraising team to run existing events. She said:
“The Millennium Way Relay was a popular and historic event which holds a lot of happy memories for many runners of all abilities. The bad weather around Christmas time made organising the event a real challenge, so we have decided to bring it back in the summer when, hopefully, the weather will be better. We welcome teams of all abilities, but particularly want to hear from novice runners or those who haven’t done a challenge like this before. It’s a great event for friends who enjoy fitness classes together, work colleagues, charity fundraisers, or teams from sports clubs. We’re extremely grateful for the support from Canada Life International which is enabling us to put this popular event back on the Island’s sporting calendar.”
Sean Christian, Managing Director at Canada Life International, said:
“At Canada Life International we take corporate social responsibility seriously. We support a wide and varied range of local charities, events and organisations and we are delighted to sponsor the Millennium Way Relay, an event that we believe will become an important fixture in the Island’s athletics calendar in the years to come. We are particularly pleased to be associated with a fundraising event that welcomes both novice participants and established athletes and we hope that as many teams as possible will be inspired to pull on their trainers to help raise as much as possible to support the fantastic work done by The Children’s Centre.”
The Millennium Way Relay is for teams of four who will run the 28 mile multi-terrain footpath from Ramsey to Castletown. Each of the four legs has its own challenges. The first leg, 11 miles from Ramsey to the Brandywell Road, covers a mostly undulating course across open country; the second leg is a 6 mile trail section mostly downhill to the changeover in Crosby; leg three is predominantly a uphill road section covering 4.5 miles; and the final 6.5 mile leg from St Marks to Castletown is mainly flat and across open country before arriving in the Island’s ancient capital.
Entry for the Millennium Way Relay costs £100 per team. The event may appeal to those taking part in The Children’s Centre’s Race The Sun event (which is a round the Island relay race taking place on May 17 and sponsored by Mann Made Group) a discount is being offered to any groups wanting to enter both events. As a way of encouraging entries, any teams that enter both Millennium Way Relay Race (MWRR) and Race The Sun will get a second team entry into the MWRR completely free, a saving of £100.
Full event details can be found at http://www.thechildrenscentre.org.im/events/the-millennium-way-relay-2014/ or you can contact Lisa Motley by phoning 676076 or emailing LisaMotley@thechildrenscentre.org.im