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April 10th, 2015

600 set to run in support of good causes

Organisation for this year's Run 4 Health event to be held on June 28 is well underway, with the Dumfries Courier as media sponsors.
Each year sees well over 600 people take part to run, jog and walk the 5k route around the Crichton, rasing funds for charities and promoting health in Dumfries and Galloway.
One of the benefactors last year was the Dumfries and Galloway Carers Centre, which received support to the sum of £1600.
Dumfries and Galloway Carers Centre manager Claudine Brindle said: "The Dumfries and Galloway Carers Centre were delighted to receive a donation from Run 4 Health.
"The funding will be used towards several Health and Wellbeing events for Carers, the first being in Dumfries in Novembers."
She added: "The Carers Centre service provides an information, advice and support service to anyone caring for someone affected by long term illness or disability."
"This type of day provides the service with the opportunity to promote to carers the importance in recognising their own health issues as well as the person they are caring for."
"The day also provides some time out for the carers and gives them the chance to try to find out some therapies and massage appointments."
"Thanks again to all involved with Devorgilla Rotary for organising the Run 4 Health and to all those who took part."
News for the 2015 event will be annouinced shortly.
Look out for updates on the website at www.run4health.co.uk and on Facebook and Twitter.

June 18th, 2012

The Dumfries Run4health 2012 took place at the Crichton last Sunday morning. Over 600 took part. Groups present included:

Chest, Heart, Stroke Scotland local support group, who won the trophy for best team effort.
David Hardie Engineering Ltd
Cavens Arms
University of the West of Scotland
St Columba’s School, Annan
Kirkgunzeon Primary School
Dumfries Junior Curling Club
Solway Ice Skating Club
Queen of the South Youth footballers.
The Huff Puffers (D&G Smoking Matters)

We were very happy with the turn out and all who participated seemed to enjoy themselves greatly. A huge thank you goes, in particular, to Morag Graham who took the warm up in great style, to Alansound for the sound system and commentary, to Easterbrook Hall for use of their facilities, and to all the marshals and helpers. The day was supported by the Council, NHS Dumfries & Galloway and other sponsors.

First man home was David Parrish, first lady was Katy Brown and prize for fancy dress went to David McNay and Steven Little.

As ever, the event was about taking part rather than competing, with a great mix of ages ( from babies in their prams to over 80) and abilities. Some keen and able runners took part, but most were there simply to enjoy themselves and enjoy the camaraderie.

As a result of the event, over £3,000 has already been raised for:
• The Prostate Cancer Charity Scotland
• Ovarian Cancer Patients attending the DGRI Oncology Unit
• Chest , Heart and Stroke Scotland
• Rotary Devorgilla Charitable Trust

Sponsorship monies are to be forwarded to Dumfries Devorgilla Rotary Club c/o 32 George Street, Dumfries DG1 1EH by Friday 3rd August. Cheques should be made payable to “Rotary Club of Dumfries Devorgilla”.

June 6th, 2012

Over 300 men, women and children have already signed up to take part in the Dumfries Run4health on Sunday June 17th at the Crichton. This is both Father’s Day ( a great chance for Dad’s to get out there with their kids) and the day after Good Neighbours. This year’s event is raising money for 3 specific causes: The Prostate Cancer Charity Scotland, Ovarian Cancer patients attending DGRI Oncology Unit and Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.

The Run4health is a fun event for all the family which has raised over £60,000 for Health causes over the last 4 years. It is run by Rotary Club of Dumfries Devorgilla in partnership with the Council and the NHS.

Even though the organisers emphasise that it is not a race, prizes will be awarded for the first male and first female home. There is also an award for best fancy dress and for the individual raising the largest sum in sponsorship.

You can enter online at www.run4health.co.uk or complete an entry form at D G One.

23rd May 2012

Over 200 men, women and children have already signed up to take part in the Dumfries Run4health on Sunday June 17th at the Crichton. This is both Father’s Day ( a great chance for Dad’s to get out there with their kids) and the day after Good Neighbours.

The Run4health is a fun event for all the family which has raised over £60,000 for Health causes over the last 4 years. It is run by Rotary Club of Dumfries Devorgilla in partnership with the Council and the NHS.

Even though the organisers emphasise that it is not a race, prizes will be awarded for the first male and first female home. There is also an award for best fancy dress and for the individual raising the largest sum in sponsorship.

You can enter online at www.run4health.co.uk or complete an entry form at D G One. This year’s event is raising money for 3 specific causes: The Prostate Cancer Charity Scotland, Ovarian Cancer patients attending DGRI Oncology Unit and Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland. This weeks feature focus on the The Prostate Cancer Charity.

About Prostate Cancer and The Prostate Cancer Charity

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in Scotland.

2,800 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Scotland and 19,000 Scottish men are currently living with the disease.

Two men die of prostate cancer every day in Scotland.

African Caribbean men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men.

The Prostate Cancer Charity is striving for a world where lives are no longer limited by prostate cancer. The Charity is fighting prostate cancer on every front - through research, support, information and campaigning.

Anyone concerned about prostate cancer can call The Prostate Cancer Charity's free and confidential Helpline on 0800 074 8383. The Helpline is staffed by specialist nurses and is open from 10am to 4pm on Monday to Friday and from 7 to 9pm on Wednesdays. Alternatively please visit www.prostate-cancer.org.uk

The Prostate Cancer Charity in Scotland has a network of established support groups. The groups are free to attend and open to men living with prostate cancer, their partners, families, friends or carers. The groups meet regularly and offer the opportunity for informal chat and discussion, guest speakers and free literature. Groups also organise social activities and participate in campaigns raising awareness about prostate cancer.

June 21st, 2011

An estimated 700 men, women and children will take part in this Sunday’s Dumfries Run4health. It is not too late to decide to take part and join in the fun – entries will be accepted on the day, just come along early to Easterbrook Hall and sign up. It is an event for all ages and abilities to come along and walk, jog or run the course.

This is the fourth year that the Event has been organised, but this year for the first time the Men’s and Women’s Event has been merged. A number of team entries have been received from, amongst others, the University of the West of Scotland, Crossmichael Primary School, Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland and Cavens Arms. Entries have been received from across the age range, including many families, often spanning three generations.

Easterbrook Hall is once again being provided free of charge to the Event, and will be hosting a broad range of stalls and activities highlighting health and exercise issues.

This year the Club is raising funds for British Heart Foundation’s “Mending Broken Hearts” appeal, Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS) and other local heart related causes including Cardiac Rehabilitation, Cluden Unit.

The previous three year’s events have raised over £50,000 that has supported a large number of health and activity related causes.

The event is being organised by the Rotary Club of Dumfries Devorgilla in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council and with support from NHS Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries Courier, Easterbrook Hall, Aston Hotels, Wee Sleekit and Magnox North.

This year the route will be run entirely within the grounds of the Crichton and DGRI. Easterbrook Hall will be the focus of the event providing facilities for participants competitors and an exciting Health Fair.

This year, a host of prizes, sponsored by Magnox North, are being offered for biggest team, Best Fancy Dress, fastest male & female and highest individual amount raised towards the causes being supported.

Incoming President of the Rotary Club of Dumfries Devorgilla, Robert Richmond, said,

“We hope this years Run 4 Health will be a great family day out with Grans and Grandpas, Mums and Dads and kids all taking part together. We’ve had a great response. Remember, it’s not a race – it is the taking part that counts!”

Entries can be taken on line via PayPal, or just turn up on the day.

For more information, or to enter online, go to www.run4health.co.uk. You can also follow us on Facebook.

June 6th, 2011

With the Run 4 Health now only three weeks away, entries are flooding in. Over 300 people are now looking forward to a really great fun event with Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland setting the pace with a massive 40 strong entry! On the day the Health and Activity Fair will be open from 9.30 a.m with an exciting range of demonstrations and stalls. There will be a "gentle" warm up session for all participants at 10.30 a.m before the run itself at 11.00 a.m.

One of the causes being supported is the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit; the Unit was supported in 2009 with equipment bought with funds raised by participants in a previous Run 4 Health event. People who use the service may have experienced a heart attack, angina or cardiac surgery. The programme is run by a team of experienced nurses and cardiac physiotherapists and is available throughout NHS Dumfries & Galloway.

Karen McMeeken, Senior Sister, Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit, is shown demonstrating the recumbent cycle to Mike Harris, Rotary Devorgilla president for 2010/2011.

The Dumfries Run 4 Health will take place on Sunday 26 June 2011 at The Crichton, Dumfries. Building on its recent successful Run 4 Health events for Men and Women, this years’ event will be a combined event for men, women and families aimed at encouraging all members of the community to participate.

This year the Club is raising funds for British Heart Foundation’s “Mending Broken Hearts” appeal, Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS) and other local heart related causes including the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit.

The previous three year’s events have raised over £50,000 that has supported a large number of health and activity related causes including Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit in Dumfries.

The event is being organised by the Rotary Club of Dumfries Devorgilla in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council and with support from NHS Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries Courier, Easterbrook Hall, Aston Hotels, Wee Sleekit and Magnox North.

This year the route will be run entirely within the grounds of the Crichton and DGRI. Easterbrook Hall will be the focus of the event providing facilities for competitors and an exciting Health Fair. You can enter as an individual, a family or as a team.

This year, a host of prizes, sponsored by Magnox North, are being offered for biggest team, Best Fancy Dress, fastest male & female and highest individual amount raised towards the causes being supported.

President of the Rotary Club of Dumfries Devorgilla, Mike Harris, said,

“We hope this years Run 4 Health will be a great family day out with Grans and Grandpas, Mums and Dads and kids all taking part together. We’ve had a great response so far, remember, it’s not a race – it is the taking part that counts!”

Entries forms are available at DG One and various locations around town or entries can be taken on line via PayPal.

For more information, or to enter online, go to www.run4health.co.uk. You can also follow us on Facebook.

For further information contact:

Colin Bell
Rotary Club of Dumfries Devorgilla