Hello and welcome to BRoW4’s website!
My name is Anna and I am the founder of BRoW4, a non-profit volunteer run fundraising group. We organise events where people can choose to Bike Run or Walk with or without their 4-legged friends and help raise money for non-government funded charities.
In 2014, I was a volunteer for Magpas Helimedix, which later became Magpas Air Ambulance. As a volunteer I organised many coffee mornings and attended many events to help raise money and awareness for this charity. It was after watching the London Olympics, where my son and crew from the RAF catered for all the security at the Olympics, that I came up with the idea of organising a Bike Run or Walk for Magpas around Ferry Meadows Country Park in Peterborough. Family and friends all pulled together at this event. Supporters of Magpas were invited to this event and could choose to Bike Run or Walk around two tracks - 5km or 8km in Ferry Meadows, Peterborough. BRoWforMagpas took place on Saturday 25th July 2015.
Due to the success this event, and the wonderful turnout, I was approached by a representative of Dogs Trust, and was asked if the group would consider organising an event for them. After speaking with the now newly formed committee and changing our name to BRoW4 we decided that organising a dog walk for Dogs Trust would be a great idea.
Sunday 3rd January 2016, the first Sunday of the year, saw the first of many dog walks that we have now organised. The first two events took place around the village of Earith in Cambridgeshire before moving to Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Huntingdon, in 2018. BRoW4 have supported Dogs Trust, Canine Partners, Therapy Dogs Nationwide and Medical Detection Dogs with this event.
Saturday 30th July 2016 saw the second successful BRoW4 Magpas Air Ambulance. It was also the year that we introduced dogs, and a third track, which now meant contestants could choose to do 5km, 8km or 12km. From 2017 we decided to open up this event to supporters from all air ambulance charities across the UK, and over the next two years we noticed that we were attracting a lot of people to the stalls and children’s entertainment, so decided in 2019 to add live music to the event which proved very popular. Each year has been bigger and better, and we’ve been able to donate more and more money to the air ambulance charities!
On Saturday 30th September 2017 BRoW4 organised something totally different. The Gildenburgh Water Underwater Challenge, raising money for the Royal National Lifeboat institution. This was the first time we had organised anything on this scale and was supported by teams of scuba divers from as far away as Scotland. It was a fantastic success and the RNLI benefitted with a cheque for more than £600.00, thanks to the help of the stalls that came to this event. We repeated the event in 2018 and raised over £950!
As the event for the air ambulances has grown over the years and requires a lot of organising, it has been decided that from 2020 that BRoW4 will focus on this event – we hope that you will join us next year and help us to make it our best year yet!
We also attend several events in the Cambridgeshire area, to help us to raise enough money to be able to host BRoW4's events. For more information on any of these events, please look at our Diary page for regular updates.