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Published on July 10th, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

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Horse is for courses – five kilometres

If you’re trying to attract elite athletes to your sporting event you’d think twice about calling it The Beer Belly Run. But this running event at the Grey Horse in Consett, County Durham, is a fun run for all comers – but principally for charity.

Now in its fifth year, it involves a five kilometre circuit with intervals of beer drinking every kilometre lap of the pub and will take place on August Bank Holiday Monday (August 26).

The event started as a fundraiser for popular pub regular and former teacher Nigel Nattrass who was diagnosed with motor neuron disease and had to have a special wheelchair and extensive alterations to his house. Sadly, Nigel passed away after the first event so it was decided to continue the run in his memory.

Local charities with connections to Grey Horse regulars have benefited from the proceeds of the fun run each year with this time proceeds going to CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).

It’s part of a fun-filled day with some serious competitive runners but mainly people in fancy dress with a common love for good beer (who know where to get it). Entries are available for individuals or relay teams. Terrific entertainment from local band State Express 5 and a buffet are included in the entry fee of £15 (individual) or £40 for a relay team. All entry fees go to the charity.

For more information and entry forms, contact Ian 07484 224 022, or pop into the pub on Sherburn Terrace, Consett, and have a practice pint while you’re there.


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