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


Caudwell Children, the national charity that gives practical and emotional support to disabled children, and their families, is looking for individuals, groups and corporate runners 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 climbing over 550 feet.

The event takes place on Thursday 30th April, 2015, 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 (over 40 years), 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%.

Sam Irwin, Events Coordinator at Caudwell Children, said:

“If people have lost weight and got themselves fit, in the New Year, and are looking for a challenge to stay motivated this could be the event for them. It’s affordable, fun, challenging and suitable for the whole community. We’re looking for runners who are willing to pledge a minimum of £40. If they do this we’ll send them a distinctive 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 the charity to provide: hospital and in-home family support, mobility and sensory equipment, access to specialist sports equipment and fully supported family holidays, for children fighting life-threatening conditions, and life-saving therapies and treatments,

Sam 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 I’m sure we’ll see 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 Sam Irwin on 01782 600438 or email