Celebrity chef launches schools competition in Northern Ireland

Celebrity chef, Jenny Bristow is challenging schools to create nutritional meals for runners taking part in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 2014.

CLIC Sargent Ambassador and renowned chef, Jenny Bristow is joined by CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager, Christine McClune, Ballymena Academy Principal Mr Ronnie Hazzard, Mrs Gillian Douglas and students Adam Morrison Finn Berrisford, , Evie Rodden, , Anna Doherty, Alex McKinney and Elle McAuley to help launch the new CLIC Sargent Schools competition.

CLIC Sargent ambassador and renowned chef, Jenny Bristow is encouraging Northern Ireland schools to take part in the charity’s competition to design a nutritional meal to fuel runners, relay teams, walkers and fun runners ahead of this year’s Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon. 

As the official marathon charity, CLIC Sargent will use the competition as a means of raising awareness of its Northern Ireland Homes from Home Appeal. 

About the appeal

Now in phase two of the appeal and having completed its first Homes from Home in Northern Ireland, CLIC Sargent aims to use its ‘official charity’ status with the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon as a way in which to encourage students to support its ‘Run for Home’ campaign and to help raise funds for its second Home from Home.

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What the competition involves

Participating schools will be tasked with creating a suitable meal for someone that plans to take part in the marathon. The rules are simple; any type of meal can be selected, but there must a clear rationale for the choice and pupils must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the meal’s nutritional value and why it would benefit someone taking part in the marathon.

The winning school will receive a special visit from Jenny and she will prepare the meal for the class. The competition is open to all secondary and grammar schools, and in particular to Home Economics and Junior Science students. The closing date for entries is Wednesday 12 March 2014.

Commenting on the competition, Jenny Bristow said:

“I’m delighted to be involved with CLIC Sargent and to lend my support to its schools competition."

"The value of nutrition and healthy eating is very much in the news these days. Having the ability to interact with school students and helping each to understand the values of healthy eating is fantastic, and is something I’m very passionate about.

“I look forward to receiving a huge number of entries and to review each of the meal plans.  Best of luck to all the schools that enter…remember the closing date is Wednesday 12 March 2014.”

Teresa Sloan, Appeal Director, CLIC Sargent commented: “Over the years we’ve received a fantastic level of support from schools and I’m sure that is set to continue.  It’s great to have Jenny on board and to have her help when it comes to selecting the winning meal.

“This year’s Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is a huge event for CLIC Sargent.  As the officially nominated charity we’re hoping to encourage schools to sign up for the event and to support our ‘Run for Home’ campaign in any way they can…by entering a fun run team or by fundraising. All the money raised stays in Northern Ireland and will go directly to the ‘Home from Home’ Appeal.”

Take part in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 2014

Registration is now open for the 33rd Belfast City Marathon. To secure your place and  ‘Run for Home’ in support of CLIC Sargent, please visit the official Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon website.

Find out more

For more information about how you and your school can help raise funds The Homes from Home appeal, please contact our team on 02890 725 780.