Get Set for the Great British Beerathon

Posted: 31 July 2014

The annual Great British Beerathon is taking place at the Hoop and Grapes in Farringdon Street, London, on Saturday, August 2nd. 

A total of 150 people, the majority in fancy dress, will set off from the Shepherd Neame pub to complete five one mile laps around the City of London.

Each lap finishes at the Hoop and Grapes, where they will pick up their Slobstacles before heading out through the beer garden to continue the course.  Slobstacle one is a pint of bitter and a scotch egg; Slobstacle two is a pint of lager and a Cornish pasty; Slobstacle three is a pint of cider and a pork pie; Slobstacle four is a pint of Guinness and a piece of crumble.

Prizes are given in a range of categories including fastest finish and best fancy dress costume.

The event first took place five years ago in a local park, organised by the local branch of the Hash House Harriers running club, and has been held at the Hoop and Grapes every year since.  Organiser David Hellard, 36, said: “It started as a group of friends in the park with a few cans of beer and some food from the supermarket.  

"We had a real laugh doing it, so we decided to hold it again the next year, this time setting off from our local pub the Hoop and Grapes and using it to raise money for charity.  It has got bigger every year, and places in this year’s event have sold out. Everyone always has a fantastic time while raising money for a good cause.”

Hoop and Grapes licensee Mike Stokes said: “We are delighted to be hosting this unique event for another year. We will be providing the food and drink for competitors at a subsidised price so more money can go to charity.”

This year’s Great British Beerathon starts at 1pm. Spectators are welcome. All donations will go to Street Child, which helps create educational opportunity for vulnerable children in West Africa. Click here to make a donation.

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