Soaper duper fun proves lather is best medicine

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

WORK your­self into a lather and en­joy some good clean fun at Bub­ble Rush 2017.

The event, now in its third year, is prov­ing to be one of the most suc­cess­ful in the East Cheshire Hospice fundrais­ing cal­en­dar, with hun­dreds tak­ing part last year.

More of a fun run than a race, the 5k event will take place on Satur­day, July 1 and it’s prov­ing per­fect for peo­ple of all ages, par­tic­u­larly groups of fam­i­lies.

One of last year’s ‘bub­blers’, Rachel Pugh, took part with her daugh­ters, So­phie, 12, and eight-year-old El­iz­a­beth and she says she en­joys tack­ling the walls of coloured frothy suds that lie around the route. Rachel, a Global de­vel­op­ment man­ager at As­traZeneca, takes part in the event to re­mem­ber a col­league who lost his bat­tle with cancer some years ago.

“There are very few events that you can take part in as a fam­ily, but this is one of them,” says Rachel.

“It’s all very in­clu­sive with no com­pe­ti­tion and no pres­sure on any­one to do any­thing other than have fun!”

Around the course there are four Bub­ble Sta­tions, each with a large foam can­non pump­ing out coloured bub­bles, en­sur­ing lots of fun for all.

“Some peo­ple run, some walk and some just sim­ply roll or play at the bub­ble sta­tions.

“The chil­dren love it,” says Rachel, who this year will also be joined by her six-year-old son, Ben.

The Pughs make up one of the largest teams of around 20 peo­ple, join­ing mem­bers from six other fam­i­lies on the day.

The race was new to the UK when it was first in­tro­duced in 2015 at Oul­ton Park by the hospice work­ing jointly with St Luke’s Hospice.

This year the venue has changed to Alder­ley Park, mak­ing it more con­ve­nient for “bub­blers” from the Mac­cles­field area. Adult tick­ets are £25 with child tick­ets priced at only £10.

The event be­gins from 11.30am and there’ll be plenty of food and DJ en­ter­tain­ment be­fore and af­ter the run.

Jes­sica Ruth, events man­ager at East Cheshire Hospice, says: “We can’t be­lieve how pop­u­lar Bub­ble Rush has be­come in such a short space of time. Ev­ery­one al­ways has so much fun and we hope the change of venue will bring out even more peo­ple this year. “

Tick­ets are avail­able on the East Cheshire Hospice web­site www. eastcheshire­hos­pice.org. uk/bub­blerush2017.

Happy fam­i­lies en­joy­ing the fun at the East Cheshire Hospice Bub­ble Rush last year

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