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Bournemouth Bay Run – Running for a good cause

Located along Bournemouth’s seven miles of award winning coastline, the Bournemouth Bay Run is a great running event for everyone. From complete novices to seasoned runners, with a selection of running options available including a 1k Family Fun Run, a 5k, a 10k and a Half Marathon!

When: Sunday 30 March 2014

Where: Pier Approach (adjacent to Bournemouth Pier), Bournemouth. BH2 5AA Image And this run is not only good for you and your health, but also you will help raise vital funds for the fight against heart disease! In 1961 the number of children born with a heart defect who survived to their first birthday was around only 20 per cent. Today that figure is 80 per cent, thanks to procedures such as valve replacement that helped them lead improved lives. For all our success, there’s a lot still to be done. Heart disease is still the UK’s single biggest killer. Surgery techniques can still be improved. And there are exciting developments in genetics and stem cell technology. Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event; so join the fight for every heartbeat by raising funds. Your fundraising will help to continue funding research to ensure hearts keep beating. Your Bournemouth Bay run entry includes:

  • A medal for all finishers
  • Timing chip for Half Marathon and 10k Runners
  • Event T-Shirt
  • Medical support
  • Extensive training guidance
  • Fundraising support
  • A welcome pack containing your sponsorship form
  • Water available en route and at the start and finish
  • Thank you certificate

Places are limited so sign up early to avoid disappointment! You will find all information about the the kick offs and the prices on the official website from the British Heart Foundation (

Fascinating facts about the International Father’s Day

History of Father’s Day as seen today is not even a hundred years old. It all started with a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, of Spokane Washington, who first proposed the idea of “father’s day”. She wanted a special day to honour her father, who was widowed when his wife died during childbirth with their sixth child. Mr Smart was left to raise the new-born and his other five children by himself. After Sonora became an adult, she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising them as a single parent. The idea of a Father’s Day celebration came to her first while listening to a sermon on Mother’s Day in 1909. Believing that the nation did not show enough respect to fathers, she began campaigning for a national holiday. She persuaded the Spokane Ministerial Association and local YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) to pass a resolution in support of Father’s Day, and the first Father’s Day was observed on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington. She wanted Father’s Day to be celebrated on June 5th, her father’s birthday, but the council selected the third Sunday in June instead. Finally in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father’s Day. In 1972, in the middle of a hard-fought presidential re-election campaign, Richard Nixon signed another proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday at last. Today, economists estimate that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father’s Day gifts.

Many countries celebrate the Father’s Day, the majority on the 3rd Sunday of June as in the US but there are some exceptions. For instance, Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Japan, Netherlands, United Kingdom or obviously the USA celebrate this day on the third Sunday in June. In many countries, where the Catholic Church has had an important influence on the culture, Father’s Day is celebrated on St. Joseph’s Day (March 19) for example in Belgium, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. If you came from one of these countries do not forget to speak to your father.

The goal of the day is the same in all countries. To honour and commemorate our fathers and forefathers, and the influence of fathers in society.Image

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