First Chelmsford Marathong will be a fun 'walk in the park'

Published: 10 September 2009 at 13:31

Underwear-themed charity event will raise awareness of issues surrounding cervical, testicular and prostate cancer

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Girls will be doing it for the boys and boys doing it for the girls when the first Chelmsford Marathong gets underway on 10 October.

This inaugural event will be aimed at raising awareness of issues surrounding cervical cancer, testicular and prostate cancers. The funds generated will be shared equally by Farleigh Hospice, Orchid Cancer Appeal and Jo’s Trust.

The Marathong will consist of an eight mile walk starting at 11am at the Tindal Building on Rivermead campus. The Mayor of Chelmsford will start proceedings by cutting the ribbon and the Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Thorne will be on hand to greet the variously dressed participants.

While this year’s event is a walk through the town centre and parks of Chelmsford, via Chelmsford and Writtle Colleges, it is hoped that the event will ultimately turn into a true marathon for the town.

The ‘Thong’ this year will be limited to 300 participants, with the theme of boys and girls supporting each other to raise awareness of these life-threatening diseases.  It is intended that all entrants will wear some form of underwear, most probably, over the top of sports gear. This will include knickers, boxers or indeed thongs.

Speaking about the event, Steve Dupree, Head of Sport, Active Lifestyles and Wellbeing, said:

"This is clearly a novel idea that we think will prove to be very popular among people of all ages. The serious message is that people need to put their health first, above all else, and accept checks and advice whenever possible.

"We are expecting some serious fun on the day, all we need to make sure is that we keep within the bounds of public decency!"

A number of organizations have come together to get this started. They include Active Chelmsford, Chelmsford Borough Council, The Schools’ Sports Partnership, Chelmsford College, Writtle College, The Local Strategic Partnership, Sport Essex, and Anglia Ruskin University. M&G Investments have agreed to be event sponsors for 2009.

Further details can be found at the Mildmay Building Reception or on, and those who register an interest in this year will be given an option to take part in next year’s event too.  The entry cost is £5 per person which can be paid online. Alternatively, people can contact Clare Markwell at Anglia Ruskin’s Sports Department for further information on 0845 196 4321 or