THE ever-popular Mad March Hare fun run returns to Lydiard Park Academy on Sunday.

Hundreds of fundraisers running to support Breast Cancer Now will dress up in pink or bunny-themed fancy dress before putting themselves through their paces for a good cause.

The charity event is in its 12th year and has raised more than £100,000 so far.

Mad March Hare organiser Esther Newman said: "It's really exciting, the weather looks like it'll be nice and we're hoping for a good turnout. We usually get around 500 people and, though I'll be too busy hurrying round and making sure it all goes smoothly to take part in it myself, I've signed up my daughters and granddaughters. It's a lovely family event

The fun run's co-founder Shirley Garman died 10 years ago and the team are hoping this year's event will help push them past a £1 million fundraising target Shirley set when the event began.

Her son Darren will be taking part with his partner Claire and their children Charlie and Maisy while Darren's daughter Hazel will complete the run virtually from Italy.

This is one of 10 running events Darren's doing to continue his mum's legacy a decade on from her death.

Esther added: "I think Shirley would be proud of what we've achieved. She was a real champion for the community and so full of life. It's an honour to be part of this.

"Everyone's rallied round and making an extra-special effort this year to raise money for Breast Cancer Now in Shirley's memory and we hope to hit the million-pound milestone by November."

The 5km and 10km Mad March Hare routes start and end at Lydiard Park Academy on Sunday. The 10k kicks off at 11am and the 5k follows at 11.15am, though organisers advise that all participants should get there early as parking is limited.

To take part in the fun run, sign up at or register on the day.