Birkenshaw heeds Boghopper challenge

HOPPING MAD!: Matt McMillan, co-founder of the Birkenshaw Boghopper Challenge, hopes more people will get involved with Saturday's event to raise money for LCD Kenmore.

HOPPING MAD!: Matt McMillan, co-founder of the Birkenshaw Boghopper Challenge, hopes more people will get involved with Saturday's event to raise money for LCD Kenmore.

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WITH rain forecast for this weekend, the third annual Birkenshaw Boghopper challenge could be the boggiest yet.

But that has not put off participants in the gruelling challenge that will see them tackle a 17km bike ride before swapping their cycles for running shoes to complete a 5km race on Saturday.

For this year’s event, the organisers are raising money for the Leonard Cheshire Disability Kenmore Home, in Cleckheaton.

Matt McMillan, 32, met Kenmore volunteer co-ordinator Jeanette Fulwood at a networking event in Leeds and they both thought the residential home would be a fitting local cause.

“After raising money for Sport Relief two years ago and Age Concern last year, for this event we wanted to find a charity a bit closer to home,” Matt said.

“I met Jeanette and explained that I wanted to choose a local charity where the money makes a difference.”

Kenmore hopes to use the money raised to refurbish the centre’s leisure rooms, with the addition of a touch screen computer for use by the residents.

But Matt is keen to stress that fun lies at the heart of the Boghopper Challenge.

He said: “It seems more serious than it is. There are lots of unfit people competing and it’s all for a good cause.

“The donations are mounting up now. I set myself a target of getting more people involved this year and to raise £1,000.”

The cycling route takes riders from Birkenshaw through Tong, towards Pudsey, Fulneck and then back through East Bierley, with parts of the route clearly sign-posted and well marshalled.

The running route takes them from Birkenshaw to East Bierley and Tong Moor.

Last year’s winner completed the race in one hour and 25 minutes.

Matt added: “You definitely feel like you deserve a beer at the end of it!”

There is still time to take part; contact Matt email mattdesignuk@yahoo.com and visit the Boghopping donations page at www.justgiving.com/boghopper2012.