Bite-Back has teamed up with leading scuba equipment manufacturer, Mares, to launch an exciting fundraising event that will challenge divers to walk a mile in their fins. The event — One F’in Mile — will take place on Saturday 17 August at Kempton Park Racecourse in Surrey.

Charity fundraising event

The charity is hoping to raise more than £10,000 through participant sponsorship to help fund its campaign to make Britain the first country in the world to ban shark fin soup.

Campaign director for Bite-Back, Graham Buckingham, said: “This is the perfect excuse for divers and families to get together for a fun, top-side challenge. It’s going to be a terrific day full of laughter and, who knows, we may even set a World Record.”

Kempton Park is an oval grass track that has hosted legendary races from thoroughbred champions including Red Rum and Desert Orchid. As a venue it also boasts its own railway station (40 minutes from Waterloo) and over 500 free car parking spaces.

Spokesperson for Mares UK, Richard Corner, said: “We’re delighted to sponsor this event and support Bite-Back’s exciting shark conservation campaigns. We hope everyone gets behind this fun challenge to demonstrate their love of sharks and the oceans.”

Fundraisers can either choose to complete a single mile or opt for a full lap of the circuit at 1.4 miles. 

The team at Bite-Back has already clocked a time of 53 minutes for a full lap, but has put its slow time down to ‘fits of giggles’ and ‘moon-walking like Michael Jackson’.

It costs just £20 per person to enter the event and each participant is invited to raise £100 in sponsorship.

Other useful information …. 1) Soft circuit won’t damage fins 2) Free car parking 3) Kempton Park has its own train station (40 minutes from Waterloo 4) It takes less than an hour to complete a lap of the course 5) Prizes for fastest, slowest and best dressed participants!

For more information about the event and a chance to sign up for One F’in Mile, visit Virgin Money Giving.

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