Children’s charity appeals for runners to take on killer challenge

Killer-MileCaudwell Children, the national charity that gives practical and emotional support to disabled children, and their families, is looking for people to take part in a brief, but brutal challenge in order to raise much needed funds for the charity.

They’re appealing for runners, of all ages, to sign up for the famous Mow Cop Killer Mile, a lung busting, one mile run which sees competitors climb over 550 feet.

The event takes place on Thursday 8th May, 2014, and starts at 6:00PM with a Junior Fun Run for children up to 11 years of age. With races scheduled throughout the evening; for Under 18’s, Club Runners and Adults, the final race, for Veterans, takes place at 7:50PM.

The scenic route runs through the picturesque village of Mow Cop, on the Cheshire and Staffordshire borders. The challenge is guaranteed to test the stamina of participants as it incorporates a, punishing, average gradient of 25%.

Kerrie Davies, Event Manager at Caudwell Children, said:

“With entry fees of just £3 for school children, and £5 for others, this is an affordable, fun and challenging event for the whole community. We’re looking for runners who are willing to support the charity, and for those who pledge a minimum of £40 we’ll send them a stylish, Caudwell Children holdall as a thank you!

The first Mow Cop Killer Mile event took place on 14th April 1982. It quickly established itself as one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the running calendar. In 1987 it attracted world class participants including Roger Hackney, who had recently secured a close 5th place in the final of the World Championships 3000m Steeplechase.

With peak entries of over 1,100, the event has also received considerable media attention in the past.

Money raised will go to support Caudwell Children’s seven core services. This will allow them to provide: hospital and in-home family support, mobility and sensory equipment, access to life saving surgeries and treatments, therapies, specialist sports equipment and fully supported family holidays for children fighting life-threatening conditions.

Kerrie was keen to stress that there will be the opportunity to have fun on the day. As she explained: “Whilst many runners will be pushing themselves to the limit The Killer Mile is classed as a fun run. So there’s sure to be 3-legged and backwards runners out on the course, not to mention the obligatory Fancy Dress brigade. Either way it’s set to be a fabulous day.”

For more information and to get your sponsorship pack call Kerrie Davies on 01782 600651 or email

You can download a registration form at:


For further information telephone Mark Bushell on 01782 600418 or 07824 340259