London Marathon

40,000 runners pounded the streets of London in the capital's hottest ever Marathon.

Playing for 5 hours straight, we were at the 17 mile mark for Great Ormond Street Hospital at their cheer station, hopefully encouraging everyone to reach their goal. Such great support from all the spectators who danced and cheered along with us the whole day. Amazing atmosphere, Well done everyone.

We even gave Mo Farrah a cheer as he raced past.

We were live on facebook !

Brighton Marathon

Sunday 15th April took us to the seaside, to the colourful, cosmopolitan town of Brighton to support the inspirational runners of the annual Brighton Marathon; the second largest marathon ran in the UK.

The Brighton Marathon, now in its ninth year, was founded by former international athlete Tim Hutchings and by former Brighton club athlete, Tom Naylor. The event is organised by the Grounded Events Company ltd. Around 12,000 runners participated and the majority were running to raise money for charity. Millions of pounds were raised and donated to hundreds of charities, locally, nationally and internationally.

Bloco Fogo was honoured to return to Brighton this year. Our mission was to set the scene, lift spectator spirits and encourage the runners to the finish line. We were at the half-way point, outside The Brighton Metropole and everyone showed their appreciation for our uplifting, funky Samba grooves.

A local resident asked, “How long are you playing for? I could listen to you guys all day long, it’s so clever how all the different parts come together.”

Mission accomplished! Well done to everyone who took part.

 

London Landmarks Half Marathon

We’re so happy to be back and what a great start to gigging season 2018!

Sunday 25th March, we were in our beloved capital city at the first London Landmarks Half Marathon. The London Landmarks Half Marathon is a brand new, closed road, central London run. It is the only half marathon to go through both the City of London and City of Westminster. The event is owned and organised by baby charity, Tommy's who came up with the idea in 2014. Around 100 charities were represented by close to 10,000 runners. Bloco Fogo were honoured to be there supporting the charity Macmillan, raising funds for the incredible work they do, supporting people whose lives are affected by cancer.

The sun did not make an appearance, for which the runners were grateful, however at the 8 mile point, on the corner of King William Street, the runners had their very own Band of Fire, playing our funky Samba grooves to warm their hearts and give them a boost.

They loved it, first with big, infectious smiles, waves and then the Samba was in their steps as they danced around the corner and continued their inspirational feat.

We must express our massive appreciation to everyone who took part and special thanks to Macmillan who took such good care of us and gave us delicious cake, of course.

We are looking forward to our next gig. See you soon...