Caledonian Challenge adds off-road Marathon

first_img Tagged with: Events marathon Scotland About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Caledonian Challenge, the 54-mile trek that raises nearly £1 million a year for charities, has added an off-road marathon course as an alternative for its 2012 event. Participants will be able to choose either to run the marathon course in six hours or to hike the hills in twelve hours.Both courses are set in Scotland’s Highland scenery, with the original Caledonian Challenge’s 54-mile route taking runners over the West Highland Way.This year’s event will also enable runners for the first time to choose which charities will benefit from the money they raise.John Mercer, Events Director for the Scottish Community Foundation, which organises the Caledonian Challenge, acknowledged that the 24-hour event took months of training and dedication from runners to prepare for. “Because of the length of the course,” he said, “we have not seen many endurance athletes or charity runners opting to run it in previous years. Therefore, we’ve decided to create a brand new 26-mile course for these people to choose to complete rather than the classic 54-mile trek.”He added: “We hope that this will encourage more athletes to enter the 2012 event and tackle what promises to be the most stunning and challenging marathon in the whole of the UK this year.”The Caledonian Challenge is open to teams of four to six people and participants must pledge a minimum of £400 each for charity by the deadline of 31 March 31, although early bird discounts are also available to entries submitted by 14 February.www.caledonianchallenge.com/takepart  65 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 5 February 2012 | News Caledonian Challenge adds off-road Marathonlast_img read more

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Mexican murders hit new high in first half of 2020

first_imgTopics : Murders in Mexico edged up to a new record high in the first half of 2020, despite easing during the last few months, preliminary government data showed on Monday.Mexico has been blighted by gang violence for many years, with successive governments failing to tackle the problem. According to the latest data available, more than 34,600 murders were registered last year, a record.President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador promised to reduce the violence with a new strategy after taking power in December 2018, but homicides have continued to tick up. In the first six months of 2020, there were 17,439 murders, a 1.7% increase on the same period last year, according to figures presented by Security Minister Alfonso Durazo at a regular news conference with Lopez Obrador.While murders fell in June by 2.2% compared with the previous month, the third consecutively monthly drop, Durazo conceded the figures remained “very high in absolute terms”.Murders of women because of their gender, categorized as femicides, increased more swiftly during the first six months, rising by 9.2% from last year to 489, the figures showed.Bringing about a lasting reduction in Mexico’s murder rate would take time as the government works to tackle poverty and other root causes of crime, Durazo noted.”If [the] increase [in murders] was the product of a long social process, its decrease will also be the product of a long social process,” he said.Still, other serious crimes, including kidnappings and robbery, have fallen during the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

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Bumbaca: Time to rise to challenge for Badgers, or else

first_imgThe television in the Camp Randall Stadium press box flashed a bottom-line flicker that read:“No. 9 Wisconsin avoids upset against Georgia State.“Saturday was that kind of day for the University of Wisconsin football team. Now, as they prepare to take on Michigan State University this weekend to begin Big Ten play, they will have to prove Georgia State was just a small hiccup on an otherwise impressive start to the season.But the game against MSU is only the beginning for Wisconsin. After the Spartans, the Badgers will head to the Big House to take on No. 5 University of Michigan and No. 4 Ohio State will a visit to Madison two weeks later.The reality check is coming.Saturday’s performance was disturbing for Wisconsin fans for a variety of reasons. Sure, Georgia State played admirably on both sides of ball. But there is no acceptable answer as to why, or how, the Panthers were able hang with the Badgers for a full 60 minutes.It is most definitely not what UW needed before entering the most important three-game slate the Badgers have faced in years. Those are big time opponents, and if Wisconsin plays anything close to the level they did Saturday, the Badgers will be embarrassed.“They obviously came out and hit us in the face to be honest with you,” redshirt sophomore linebacker T.J. Edwards said.If that’s the case, they better get their gloves up or the Badgers will find themselves KO’d next week.The trouble — and a common theme for UW squads lately — begins and ends on offense. Bart Houston was far from the Houston fans have seen the last two weekends. If he is indeed the starter Saturday, he needs to be his best and more.But after Saturday, I simply cannot fathom UW head coach Paul Chryst going with Houston over redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook. The way Hornibrook moved the ball, igniting the urgency that overcame the offense with him under center, was palpable and the offense finally got the results it should have seen the whole game.Throughout the whole preseason, the storyline regarding the Badgers’ schedule has dominated the storylines. Wisconsin hurdled its first obstacle against Louisiana State University with impressive poise. This team sees it as an opportunity — and what an opportunity they have. For so long, Wisconsin football has been the program that always shows up to the party, but never tears it up on the dance floor.But this year’s Badger team has the ability to change that. They’ve played far from their ceiling throughout this season’s first three games, and it will take close to perfection to win any of these next three games. It’s a tall task, but there is no room for excuses anymore if they want to take advantage of this “opportunity” they’re always talking about.The point is, the Badgers’ fun is over — this is business now. Sure, the LSU game was an important win for the program, but the Tigers have disappointed thus far and the atmosphere surrounding the game benefited UW. They rolled over Akron and should have done the same last week.They can’t afford another clunker, and especially not against a top 10 team that defeated then-No. 18 Notre Dame on the road in South Bend Saturday night. The stakes are too high now.Time to find out what this Badgers team is really made of.last_img read more

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