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Charity: DHL First Nation Home for Sport Relief 2012 Launch

November 3, 2011

The biggest ever UK Challenge, is putting four nations against each other and starring a host of well-known celebrities, top sportsmen and women and 4000 sport-loving members of the public is to be one of the highlights of next year’s Sport Relief.First-Nation 1The newly-formed DHL First Nation Home will be the ultimate sporting showdown between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales as the celebrity teams will race over 1000 miles around the UK and Ireland over a seven day period from 10th -17th March 2012.

One thousand members of the public who each secured one of the limited places to represent their country will run the final six miles to the finish, alongside the many famous faces in their individual teams.

Each national team will consists of 10 members including international rugby players and an Olympic hero from one of the sports, sailing, running and cycling who will join their home national team as ‘ringer’ for their particular discipline – this year raising money for Sport Relief.

Dame Ellen MacArthur will be at the helm of Team England’s 72 foot challenger yacht from Northern Ireland to Scotland, while Team Scotland will benefit from the expertise of World Champion cycling time trialist Graeme Obree, who will line up against his great friend and rival Chris Boardman MBE, Team England’s own World Champion and Olympic Gold medal-winning cyclist.

The national teams will start the race simultaneously from their home cities of Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh and London and will head off clockwise around the UK and Ireland via the other four capital cities.

Participants include top TV presenters and celebrities Gethin Jones, Diarmuid Gavin, presenters Andrea MacLean and Craig Doyle, actress and model Gemma Atkinson, Olympians Sonia O’Sullivan, Iwan Thomas and Chris Boardman and rugby stars Thom Evans, Josh Lewsey and Gareth Thomas.

Challenge Director, former Scottish Rugby International, Cameron Mather said: “This challenge is all about legacy, encouraging active participation in sport and giving the general public a chance to represent their country alongside their sporting legends and heroes as well as a few very keen and very fit celebrities!”

Members of the public will be able to secure one of the limited places from 26th October 2011at www.firstnationhome.com.  They will have to pay an entry fee of £60 and commit to raise a minimum sponsorship of £450 each between now and the final run on March 25th 2012.

Robyn Rashford, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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