20 Jun

Chernobyl Children Set For New Brighton Fun Run

Chernobyl ChildrenA group of 21 children from Chernobyl visiting the Wirral for a month’s respite will take part in a new fun run as part of their trip.  The group, aged between eight and 13-year-olds, are staying with host families across the Wirral as part of a special visit organised by the Chernobyl Children’s Life Line charity, will take part in a children’s fun run on Sunday 28 June. 

The event, organised by BTR Liverpool, covers a choice of three distances - 1k, 2k and 3k - at The Dips on Coastal Drive at the seaside resort. After being contacted by the charity, BTR race director Alan Rothwell approached Bubbles World of Play at New Brighton’s Marine Point and invited them to get involved and, without hesitation, the Bubbles team agreed to sponsor the group of children to take part in the fun run, followed by lunch and a play experience at the children’s adventure centre.

The trip, organised by the Wirral branch of Chernobyl Children’s Life Line, sees the children travel from Belarus, which received 70% of the radioactive fall-out from the explosion in 1986. Each year, the charity needs to raise £15,000 to fund the visit, which covers flights, visas, transport and activities. 

On the launch of the event, Alan commented: “Each year our children’s Mini Santa Dash and 1K Port Sunlight fun run prove extremely popular as part of our main races, so we feel that it’s important to now give youngsters a fun run event of their own. It’s going to be an excellent family event with activities taking place alongside the fun runs.”

“We are delighted to have joined forces with Bubbles, who are kindly sponsoring the group of children from Chernobyl to take part. I am sure the children will thoroughly enjoy the event, especially when they are presented with their medal for taking part.”

Entry fee is priced at just £8 per child; each participant will receive a medal and goody bag. Registration is available here