Woman who beat meningitis to hold charity Cider Circuit in Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 08:00 09 June 2018

Runners starting the Cider Circuit challenge last year.

Runners starting the Cider Circuit challenge last year.


A 5km obstacle course ending with a pint of cider is taking place in Nailsea to raise awareness of a killer disease.

Competitors taking on the Cider Circuit.Competitors taking on the Cider Circuit.

Sophie Coghlan, from Nailsea, is running the successful Cider Circuit again this year and teams can now sign up for the challenge.

Sophie, aged 24, contracted meningitis when she was 12 and spent two weeks in intensive care at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

She made a full recovery and became a young ambassador for Meningitis Now to raise awareness of the symptoms and help fund research into the deadly disease.

The Cider Circuit is taking place at Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club, in West End Park, on June 23.

Runners starting the Cider Circuit challenge last year.Runners starting the Cider Circuit challenge last year.

Speaking about the event, 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.”

The challenge is a 5km relay involving various obstacles, including a hay bale climbing stack, an ice water pool and a slip and slide.

Last year competitors raised more than £2,000 for Meningitis Now.

Bacterial meningitis is life-threatening and kills more children under five in the UK than any other infectious disease.

Viral meningitis is rarely fatal but sufferers can be left with life-changing after-effects including brain damage and hearing and sight loss.

Meningitis Now funds research into vaccines and preventative treatment and raises awareness of the disease.

Teams of three to four people can enter and each person will run a 1km lap, before all members complete the last one together.

Registration begins at 11am, with a warm-up at 11.45am and the race starts at noon.

All competitors will receive a goodie bag and a free pint and there are prizes for the winning team, the best-named and best-dressed team. It is £10 per person and £5 for under-18s.

Email cidercircuit@gmail.com to request a registration form. Teams can then upload their entry fee to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cidercircuit18 with their team name.

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