Y-fronts will be the must-have item of clothing for a charity fun run in Guernsey this summer, with sponsorship from First Names Group.
Last year’s inaugural Y-Front Run, organised by EPIC Challenges, saw more than 150 people run the 10km route all wearing the same particular style of men’s underwear.
The 2017 Y-Front Run is sponsored by First Names Group and will take place on Sunday 6 August. All money raised will be shared between This is EPIC, which aims to transform the lives of those living in Africa through savings and loans projects, and Les Bourgs Hospice.
The event organisers are Philip Smith and Warren Mauger, who have orchestrated a number of events over the past three years for local charities including This is EPIC, of which Philip is the founder. Philip commented:
“We organised it last year as a bit of fun to raise money for Male Uprising Guernsey (MUG) and This is EPIC, not really knowing how many people would want to get involved. We were totally surprised at how keen people were and how much demand there was for it to become an annual event.
“This year, we have a sponsor in First Names Group and that allows us to grow the event and introduce a shorter route so that more people of all ages can get involved.”
First Names Group has come on board as sponsor to ensure as much money as possible goes to the charities and we will be providing commemorative running t-shirts to the first 100 people to sign up for the event. The event t-shirts will also be available to buy.
Sharon McMillan, Operations Director in our Guernsey office, added:
“Philip and Warren are well-known for their fundraising events and often extreme and exhausting challenges which see them, and so many other islanders, push themselves to help others less fortunate. Their energy and enthusiasm never falter and we are delighted that we can support and partner with them to raise money for two fantastic charities which both make a real difference to people’s lives.
“We want the event to be the biggest fun run of the year. We are encouraging all 70 of our ‘First Names’ in Guernsey to be involved in some way and hope hundreds of others will join us.”
Boutique lingerie shop Cockadoodle in Guernsey will be producing creative hand-designed pants, which will be on sale on the day or runners can design their own ahead of the event. Cockadoodle is also running a “fancy pants” competition. Anyone, whether or not they are running, can get a pair of pants from the shop and enter them into the competition to be judged on the morning of the run. All the pants will be made available for runners to purchase with all proceeds going to the two beneficiaries.
Trish De Carteret, fundraising administrator for Les Bourgs Hospice, said the support would be invaluable:
“Each year, we need to raise £1.4million in order that we can provide care and support to islanders with life limiting illnesses. We are incredibly grateful to Philip and Warren and First Names Group for choosing Les Bourgs Hospice and we look forward to some of our team joining them at the start line.”