Runners urged to make charity Dash

ORGANISERS of the first ever Tay Bridge to St Andrews relay race are hoping that the Olympic Torch will inspire local runners to sign up for the Madsummer Dash in aid of CLIC Sargent.

Now in its second year, the event – which will take place on Saturday, June 16, and which coincides with the Midsummer Ball held in St Andrews – is looking to involve more people than ever before to raise cash for children’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent.

Stephen Mercer, chair of the organising committee, said: “Last year the Madsummer Dash saw teams of cyclists participate in a relay cycle run from London to St Andrews.


“It was a massive commitment from all involved and their hard work and determination raised over £30k for charity.

“This year we are organising a local event and hope to attract the community into raising funds for a fantastic children’s charity.”

Stephen went on: “We know that there are many runners out there – whether affiliated to a running club or not – who will enjoy this challenge and we are looking for them to get together a team to help us raise much-needed cash for CLIC Sargent.

“Teams of three will each run approximately 10k each starting at 9.30am at the Tay Bridgehead car park and will finish at Station Park in St Andrews.”

The event is inspired by David Goadby and his friend James Brown, who four years ago cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats and raised £9000 for Childline.

David wanted to raise a further £1000 and so set up a committee which organised the first St Andrews Midsummer Ball.


Together they raised a further £7000, which was split between Childline and local self-funded children’s clubs, which rely solely on volunteers.

Year on year the Midsummer Ball has raised more funds to help these worthy organisations.

David has moved to Australia and the St Andrews Midsummer Ball team is now chaired by local businessman, Stephen Mercer, working with a committee of eight other volunteers.

Further details and entry forms for this year’s Madsummer Dash are available from the organisers at