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Run for children

By Maria Gregoriou

IF YOU love to run and if you love children then coming up on Saturday is a great opportunity to combine the two while helping raise funds for the construction of a wing at the Makarios hospital in Nicosia for children suffering from neurological problems – the seventh annual FBME ten kilometre road-race with Dro.Me.A. running club.

The Dro.Me.A. running club (whose name is actually a clever acronym for the words Long Distance Runners) race will be held at Athalassa National Park. To run in the ten kilometre race you should be 16 and above, but if you find this race a bit too long then you can participate in the 4 kilometre health run that is suitable for those over 15-years-old. The kids can also have some fun in the 800 metre race, suitable for children from nine to 15-years-old. For those taking part in the ten kilometre race there is a participation fee of €10, for the four kilometre run the fee is €5 and the children in the 800 metre race get to run for free.

These fees will not only go towards helping the Makarios hospital, but also to help the Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends.

The meeting point is at the park’s entrance near the roundabout of the Nicosia General hospital. This is the seventh year that the FBME ten kilometre road-race is taking place and, just like with the other years, it offers all of us the perfect opportunity to take part in a social sport within beautiful natural surroundings.

Registrations will take place from 8am to 9.30 am and the actual run will start at 10am. Online registration for the ten kilometre road-race can be done at Online registrations will automatically be entered in a draw for the chance to win a Suunto watch with a GPS system.

The race is dedicated to the memory of Kostakis Loucaides, a former champion in athletics and a former member of the board of directors of the Cyprus Sports Organisation.

PASYKAF and Geri Municipality are the co-organisers of the event and it is sponsored by FBME Bank, Becel Pro.Activ, Webarts and Suunto.

If you want to donate money to help children but you won’t be able to run, then why not sponsor David Simpson on his charity run.

Simpson will run 160 kilometres through mountain trails, from Limassol to Troodos and back again to end up at Limassol Castle on December 5-6. He will be running on his own on this non-stop charity run, which will end at around 8pm (if you want to meet him at the finish line to congratulate him).

The proceeds from the run will go to the Dancing Queen Foundation, an organisation which helps improve children’s psychological health and wellbeing by supporting programmes that raise awareness and provides funds to support educational and clinical programmes.

Donations can be given via or deposits can be made at Bank of Cyprus a/c 033201036238.

Running for the Children with Dro.Me.A Racing
Seventh annual run with us for our children event. December 6. Athlassa Park, Nicosia. Registration from 8am-9.30am, running starts at 10am. €10/5. Register on Tel: 99-473538

Charity Run
Charity run by David Simpson from Limassol to Troodos and back to raise money for the Dancing Queen Foundation. December 5-6. To donate go to or make a deposit at Bank of Cyprus a/c 033201036238. Tel: 96-672411.

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