Teams prepare for fundraising cider circuit

PUBLISHED: 12:13 25 August 2017

Sophie Coghlan from Backwell who is taking part in a Sahara trek for meningitis charity.

Sophie Coghlan from Backwell who is taking part in a Sahara trek for meningitis charity.

Jeremy Long \ JCL Photography

A 5km assault course ending with a free cider is being held in Nailsea on Saturday to raise money for Meningitis Now.

Sophie Coghlan contracted meningitis when she was 12 and spent two weeks in intensive care at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

She was fortunate to make a full recovery from the disease and she has now become a young ambassador for Meningitis Now to raise awareness of the symptoms.

The 23-year-old is putting on the first ever Cider Circuit in the town at Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club, in West End Park, at noon.

Competitors will complete various obstacles and challenges including climbing a hay bale stack, bracing an ice water pool and a slip and slide.

There are five laps in total and each team member must run at least two laps to win a free cider, or soft drink for under 18s.

The winners will be the first team where all four members cross the finish line.

There will also be prizes for the best team name, the best dressed and also a raffle.

Sophie said: “I wanted to organise a fun charity event for Meningitis Now and decided to go with an obstacle course.

“The course will be fun and challenging, and I thought what better way to celebrate and relax afterwards than to have a nice pint of cider – and so the cider circuit was born.”

To enter the Cider Circuit, email for a registration form or visit to pay your donation.

Entry fees are £40 per team – £10 each – and people can also sign up on the day from 11am.

All the money raised from the event will go towards Meningitis Now which funds research into vaccines and preventative treatment,

It also raises awareness of the disease so people know what symptoms to look out for.

Bacterial meningitis kills more children under five in the UK than any other infectious disease. Viral meningitis can leave sufferers with life-changing after-effects including brain damage, hearing and sight loss.

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