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Press Release 


Strictly Corby 2018 event was held at the Best Western Rockingham Forest hotel on Friday 12th October was an incredible success once again, raising over £61,000 for Lakelands Hospice who organize and run the event in conjunction with Mashdance. The total was the culmination of ten weeks fundraising and dancing and provided a fantastic night’s entertainment for the sell-out lively crowd of over 490 people. The event was also broadcast live over the airwaves and screened live via the internet by the Corby Radio team. 

Strictly Corby has now raised over £300k for Lakelands in its eight-year history. 

2018 winner was Gez Lyons who was representing “Taste Original” and his professional partner Stacey Fotheringham, the dancers were awarded points for the amount of funds they raised in the lead up to and on the night and these where added to the judges scores for their dancing performances, the two scores combined gave Gez and Stacey the overall title. 

Gez commented “The ten weeks training and fundraising was an incredible journey, hard work and very time consuming but a fantastic experience, the atmosphere on the night was electric although I was very nervous, but very proud to win the award. Individually I raised almost £8k for Lakelands which makes me very proud and honoured to be crowned Strictly Corby champion. Alongside this I’ve met some fabulous friends and I intend to keep dancing. 

Runners up were Heather Bell-Capper representing RS Components and her partner Dave Angier Brown, Heather also took home the Vic Hardy Cup for the best fundraiser raising an incredible £12.5k which is the highest individual amount ever raised in Strictly Corby’s eight-year history. Heather commented “It was an amazing experience, something I’ll never forget, my work colleagues and friends were so supportive, and I am thrilled to raised so much for the hospice and to have danced my way into second place. 

In third place overall was Jon Berridge representing Montsaye Academy and his partner Ruth Sullivan with an energetic Aladdin themed show dance, taking part in Strictly Corby has been a wonderful experience, I’m immensely proud of the amount raised and of all the 2018 team who have been so supportive. 

Owner of Mashdance School of dance Shelley Davis who provided the professionals for the event commented “All of the Mashdance dancers give up their time for free and I was really pleased with the quality of the dancing, there were some very technical dance routines performed to a high standard, it was also amazing to have helped Lakelands raise such a fantastic amount over the past eight years”  If anyone is interested in taking up ballroom and Latin dancing, you can find all the details on the MaSH dance website. 

Darren Wilson and his partner Amanda Wilkins took away the Best Show dance award on the night awarded by the judges for their stunning Mary Poppins routine, Darren commented “The whole ten weeks was an incredible buzz topped off by winning best show dance” whilst Jenna Bailie representing Lakelands Hospice and her partner Charlie Walker were awarded the “Ray Burke Spirit of Strictly” title given to the couple who have had the most interesting journey. Organizer Paul Marlow commented “Jenna and Charlie were a really enthusiastic couple, to dance to that standard especially their amazing “Thriller” routine made it a fully deserved award”. Jenna who was delighted with the award said, “The Strictly experience has been incredible and such good fun, I’d recommend it to anyone to get involved”. 

Lakelands fundraising manager Paul Marlow, whose team organize the whole event in aid of the hospice commented “We are all so thrilled to have pulled off yet another amazing Strictly Corby event, it’s a real team effort by so many people especially by all of the dancers who really pulled together as a team to put on a professional show. This event really captures the Corby public’s imagination with the tickets selling out in just over ten minutes. The feedback from all quarters has been fantastic; The Mashdance Ball room Blitzers, MDP and the Strictly revisited gang who performed in the intervals went down a storm and I’ve even had several people approach me after the show to put themselves forward for 2019” 

All the photos of the amazing night can be viewed at 

The amount raised will go to helping Lakelands raise their annual total of £525k which with no NHS or government funding is a vital step forward in making their goals. 

Paul said, “There are so many people to thank, it’s a real team effort, but without the support of the people of the Corby Borough who continue to get behind everything we do we wouldn’t be where we are today”.







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Following the circuit’s sale in September, ALL events will cease at the end of the 2018, bringing to an end a 17-year run as one of the UK’s most-popular race tracks AND a 9 year run as host for the Brass Monkey.

Unfortunately, due to the timing of the announcement it hasn’t been possible to secure a location both big enough and safe enough to accommodate us at such short notice, we have taken the difficult decision to step back from the 2019 event, regroup and re launch at an exciting new location for 2020

Lakelands Hospice is immensely proud to have grown the event from a field of 70 fun runners to a 2018 high of over 700 UKA affiliated athletes, fun runners, children’s fun runners and wheel chair racers, we cannot thank you all enough for your support over the years and Lakelands can 100% guarantee the Brass Monkey event will return in 2020 at an iconic location within the Corby Borough.

Look out for an announcement early next year on what we hope will be the continuation of a fantastic event that makes such a difference to people living with life limiting illnesses, good luck in all your running adventures and we can’t wait to see you all in 2020.



We would like to introduce you to Rockingham10 ran by SBR Events.  

This is an afternoon 5k, 10k & 10mile race at Rockingham Speedway Circuit which is held on 4th November after Rockingham Duathlon. 

Sadly, this will be the LAST EVER RACE AT Rockingham Speedway Circuit  as the venue is being sold to a new company at the end of the year & the racing track will be out of use & replaced by car parking for thousands of car for car auctions. 

Included in your entry;

Amazing race bling

FREE race photos

FREE post-race sports massage

FREE parking 

For more information here is the link to event page - 

Rockingham10 is part of the Northants County Athletics Association (NCAA) Championships – 10 mile distance only. To be a part of this - enter as normal then on the day of the race, once you have collected your number/timing chip, visit the NCAA desk to register your intent to compete in the Championship. 

Our charity Partner for this event is a local charity in Corby; Lakeland Hospice.

Lakelands Hospice is an independent charity committed to delivering the best possible practice and development of specialist palliative care for people with cancer, heart failure and other life-limiting illnesses. They are supporting the event with marshals & manning the baggage drop with volunteers. We ask for a cash donation for each bag dropped off.  Please have a look at their website - 

Since they are also unable to run their Brass Monkey running event at Rockingham Circuit in 2019 let’s make this the best year ever & raise lots of funds for their marvellous service. 

For more information here is the link to event page -

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