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Saving the Bees? Challenge Accepted: Southport 10km, 2 July 2017

On 2 July 2017, Honey Bee Alexandra Charlton and Worker Bee Sam Wrench (and potentially a couple of ‘late-runners’, currently TBC!) will be participating in the Southport 10km run, in order to raise money for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

The challenge poses a big task for both Alex and Sam, neither of whom have completed the distance before. Lets hope they think bee, and fly through the course!

Manchester Bees Dodgeball's very own Alex & Sam have been training (and not panicking at all) for July's 10k run
Manchester Bees Dodgeball’s very own Alex & Sam have been training (and not panicking at all) for July’s 10k

The humble bee is a symbol of Manchester, representing the city’s history as a hive of activity during the industrial revolution. Manchester Bees Dodgeball and its members have grown quite attached to bees over the years, as has the city as a whole.

Earning their Keep

The bees’ importance isn’t limited to their symbolism in the North. Bumblebees are a vital part of the UK’s nature scene. As well as being adorable, (sort of) physics-defying, wonderful bumbling creatures, they actually contribute an awful lot towards the country’s nature and agriculture.

In the BCT’s own words, “it is well-known that bumblebees are great pollinators, and therefore have a key role in producing much of the food that we eat. Through the pollination of many commercial crops such as tomatoes, peas, apples and strawberries, insects are estimated to contribute over £400 million per annum to the UK economy and €14.2 billion per annum to the EU economy.”

You can find out more about bumblebees and the BCT’s efforts to save them, on the Trust’s website.

Honey Alice and Killer Ross pose alongside Manchester Bees' very own Bumble the Bee
Honey Alice and Killer Ross show their affection towards Manchester Bees’ very own Bumble the Bee

We at Manchester Bees Dodgeball would like to keep the bumblebee around. And you can help!

If you are able to, please consider donating towards the fundraising efforts of our runners, all proceeds of which will go to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

To keep up to date with our runners’ progress (or lack thereof..!) on the day, you can like our Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

Thank you – and wish us luck, we may well need it!

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