Are You Ready For A Moonlight Marathon?

6th December 2017

Preparations are underway for the 2018 Epic Moonlight Marathon which will be taking place on 28th January.

Registration for the nocturnal event, sponsored by FCG, will open soon on their social media pages with places strictly limited to 100 runners.

Competitors can choose to run 5kms, 5 miles, half marathon or a full marathon.

Moonlight marathon 2016

The 2016 Epic Moonlight Marathon

The same organisers who have put together the previous successful events are working on the 2018 Epic Moonlight Marathon, sponsored by FCG, which is the parent company of the UK insurance provider 1st CENTRAL.

This winter’s event will be held on the 28th January 2018.

Registration for the event will open in early December with places strictly limited to 100 runners. Ten of those runners will be staff from FCG, who will be helping to raise money for the Guernsey based charity This Is Epic.

The organisers say the event is not a race but ‘rather a non-competitive run with the intention that all runners will remain together for the whole course’. Participants have a choice of five-kilometre, five-mile, half-marathon and full marathon distance options.

While the marathon runners will start outside Octopus Bar and Beach restaurant at 2am, before enjoying a sweep of the island in the peace of the night, those running the shorter distances will be waiting for them at start lines along the course.

Everyone will finish the runs together before sitting down to a well-deserved breakfast back at Octopus.

EPIC Challenges co-founder, Philip Smith, said:

‘We are so excited for the EPIC Moonlight Marathon to return for its fourth year, it is a truly unique experience running at that time of night and we encourage anyone who hasn’t tried it to sign up.

Thanks to the continuing support from FCG, all the money raised from this event will directly support two projects; implementing more savings and loans groups in Uganda this year and providing two community schools with solar panels. The two schools were funded and started by members of our savings and loans groups in Uganda and the solar panels will allow children to study earlier in the morning and later in the evening. The solar panels will also remove the safety hazard and high cost of using kerosene’.

FCG chief operating officer, Simon Walker, said:

‘Supporting an event which encourages individuals from the Guernsey community to push themselves in a physical challenge like this is right up our street. It’s a great way for people to run in a non-competitive atmosphere, in aid of a very well deserving charity that helps so many people.

At FCG we love helping our staff with their fitness goals and nurturing their growth, we run monthly wellbeing initiatives where we are seeing real benefits so we are excited to continue to promote events which contribute to the wellbeing of our staff and islanders.  After the success of the FCG EPIC Week during the summer, our staff have started a regular running club and are hoping to take part in this event in January to kick start their fitness in 2018 and work off their Christmas dinners!’

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