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EPIC Challenges returns with another moonlight marathon challenge

EPIC Challenges returns with another moonlight marathon challenge
The EPIC Moonlight Marathon, sponsored by First Central Group, returns for another year and over two thirds of the places have already been filled.

Now in its third year, this unique marathon experience, created by EPIC Challenges, gives runners the opportunity to run around Guernsey’s coastline in the peace of the night and raise money for Guernsey-based charity, This Is EPIC.

Starting outside Octopus Bar & Beach Restaurant at 2am on the morning of Sunday 4th December, the marathon runners will begin the route and will then be joined by the half-marathon, 5-mile and 5K runners at different locations around Guernsey.

The aim of the event is for all runners to remain together and finish as one big group at Octopus, where they can enjoy a well-deserved breakfast and a spectacular Guernsey sunrise.

The 2015 event sold out within three weeks with a total of 80 spaces available to runners. Due to the popularity of the event, the organisers have increased the number of places to 125 this year to allow more runners to take part and raise more money for projects run by This Is EPIC. The projects, in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, help people overcome poverty in a sustainable way through savings and loans groups.

Co-founder of EPIC Challenges, Philip Smith, said: “We are really grateful to First Central Group for being the headline sponsor and supporting the purpose behind the event this year. Their support means that each runner will receive a newly designed EPIC Moonlight Marathon running t-shirt and goody bag.

“Last year we had so many stories of people being inspired to get active, to push themselves and help us change lives. All money raised will go towards projects run by This Is EPIC, which works with the aim of helping people overcome poverty.”

Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer, Mike Leonard, commented that the organisation works hard to make a difference to the communities in which we work.

“We jumped at the chance to support the latest of the EPIC Challenges events. Not only is the money raised from the events doing amazing work, but the challenges continue to inspire many Guernsey folk, leading them to take on personal challenges that they perhaps would not have otherwise considered. 

“At First Central Group, we like to think outside the box and not be confined by convention or the norm – it is this aspect of the way EPIC Challenges raises money that we find so exciting."

Places are limited so runners should not delay in signing up to this unique event. Participants can register through the event’s race nation site, which also enables people to donate through a secure online server.