On Saturday 23rd September, Wat Tyler Park will be opening its gates to hundreds of Superheroes for a brand new 5K inflatable fun run sponsored by Tangent International – ‘Kapow!’ in aid of Havens Hospices.
‘Kapow!’ is an inflatable Superhero themed assault course consisting of 10 inflatable obstacles including a U.V. bubble tunnel, foam maze and Big Bertha – a giant slide – set over 5km. It is the first course of its kind and size that has been run in Essex. The course is suitable for all, but any children under the age of 16 needs to be at least 1.2m tall and accompanied by an adult.
There will be a festival feel to the day with live music from local artist Charlie Wallis, Stone baked Pizzas, Peroni and Prosecco courtesy of All Fired Up and We’R’Fizz so participants can relax, socialise with friends, family and supporters after they’ve completed the course
One of the Havens Heroes taking part in the event is Lee Allen, 50 from Canvey Island; who will be joined by his two daughters – Lauren, 22 and Charlotte, 18.
Lee has been fundraising for Havens Hospices since 1996 when he along with his father ran the London Marathon as part of Team Havens; since then Lee has run 18 London Marathons for the charity as well as taking part in some of their other running events like the Southend Half and 10K.
Since 2009, Lee has run the London Marathon in memory of friend and cricket teammate Bryan Silver, who received care at Fair Havens Hospice that year.
“We didn’t know how bad Bryan was until he went into Fair Havens, but all of his cricket team were grateful for the care the hospice gave him and his family at the end of his life. I was already running with Havens by this point, but when Bryan received care at Fair Havens the desire to raise money for the hospices was even greater - I’ve done other fundraising events for the charity over the years, but I always dedicate the marathon to Bryan.
“When I heard about Kapow, I thought it would be a fantastic to do it with my daughters, they’re not really in to running so this is perfect because it’s not about time or athleticism - it just sounded like a fun event that’s so family orientated I just wanted to run it with my family. I’ve run marathons with my Dad and I know the girls are never going to run one with me so I thought it would be nice to run this with them.
“It’s also great to support Havens Hospices together, because I know not only how much work the team put in to making these events, but the difference the money makes to everyone who uses the hospices. The hospices have to raise over £100,000 a week to be able to provide the care that they give; so it makes me proud that me and my daughters can help them continue ‘Making every day count’ for other families across Essex.
“I’m really looking forward to taking on a completely different type of challenge and as I’ve said to my girls as long as we get round the course before it’s dark then that’s great, I’m sure we might all get stuck on a few obstacles, but we’ll together and that’s the main thing. We’ll be making a lasting memory as Dad and Daughters, which for me is going to be the best part of the day.”
Susie May, Events Fundraiser said
“We are really excited about Kapow, it is set to be a fantastic event and we are looking forward to cheering on all the heroes like Lee and his daughters that take on the course! It is going to be a brilliant event that is family friendly, but is also suitable for a stag or hen party, team-building with colleagues or just having a laugh with friends.
“We don’t charge a penny for our care – and that’s only possible because our fantastic supporters like Lee who take part in events like Kapow to raise vital funds. By taking part in ‘Kapow!’, our runners will be helping another baby, child, young person or adult living with a serious illness be pain free and comfortable as possible and helping us be there for those who need us and their families for as long as we’re needed.”
Online registration closes on Wednesday 20th September – www.havenshospices.org.uk/kapow. However, you can also sign up on the day registration will run from 09:30 until 13:45; the first wave is at 11am and the last one is at 2pm, participants need to be registered an hour before their wave starts.