Y-FRONTS will be the must-have item of clothing for a charity fun run in aid of two Guernsey charities this summer.
Last year’s inaugural Y-Front Run, organised by EPIC Challenges, saw more than 150 people run the 10km route from Pembroke to Town – all wearing the same particular style of men’s underwear.
‘We organised it as a bit of fun to raise money for Male Uprising Guernsey (MUG) and This Is EPIC, not really knowing how many people would want to get involved. We were totally surprised at how keen people were and how much demand there was for it to become an annual event,’ said co-organiser Philip Smith.
‘This year, we have a sponsor in First Names Group and that allows us to grow the event and introduce a shorter route so that more people of all ages can get involved.’
This year’s First Names Group Y-Front Run will take place on Sunday 6th August starting at 10am from Pembroke and following a 10km route to Vale Castle and then along the seafront to Town, with a 3.5km route starting along Bulwer Avenue.
All the money raised will be shared between This Is EPIC, which aims to transform the lives of those living in Africa through savings and loans projects, and Les Bourgs Hospice.
Co-organiser Warren Mauger said they had originally approached MUG to be one of the beneficiaries again.
‘The amazing response from islanders means that MUG has achieved more than it hoped to do in such a short space of time and so they suggested Les Bourgs Hospice instead as they are closely linked and it was a charity that has touched the lives of so many people,’ said Mr Mauger.
First Names Group have come on board as sponsor to ensure as much money as possible goes to the charities and they will also be providing commemorative running t-shirts to the first 100 people to sign up for the event. The event t-shirts will also be available to buy.
‘Philip and Warren are well-known for their fundraising events and often extreme and exhausting challenges which see them, and so many other islanders, push themselves to help others less fortunate. Their energy and enthusiasm never falter and we are delighted that we can support and partner with them to raise money for two fantastic charities which both make a real difference to people’s lives,’ said Sharon McMillan, operations director of First Names Group Guernsey.
‘We want the event to be the biggest fun run of the year. We are encouraging all 70 of our “First Names” in Guernsey to be involved in some way and hope hundreds of others will join us.’
Boutique lingerie shop Cockadoodle in Mill Street will be producing creative hand-designed pants, which will be on sale on the day or runners can design their own ahead of the event. Cockadoodle is also running a “fancy pants” competition. Anyone, whether they are running or not, can get a pair of pants from the shop and enter them into the competition to be judged on the morning of the run. All the pants will be made available for runners to purchase with all proceeds going to the two beneficiaries.
Trish De Carteret, fundraising administrator for Les Bourgs Hospice, said the support would be invaluable.
‘Each year, we need to raise £1.4million in order that we can provide care and support to islanders with life limiting illnesses. We are incredibly grateful to Philip and Warren, MUG and First Names Group for choosing Les Bourgs Hospice and we look forward to some of our team joining them at the start line,’ she said.
Sign-up for this year’s First Names Group Y-Front Run by clicking the button below