ORGANISERS of the Air Products Worcester City Runs have announced the Worcestershire Ambassadors will be the official charity partner for the 2021 event.
This year, the popular Worcester City Half Marathon, 10K and Young Athletes Run will be joined on the weekend of September 4 and 6 by Paula Radcliffe’s Families on Track initiative.
All of the funds raised by Worcestershire Ambassadors will be donated to Worcester Community Trust, to provide professional support and activities which build good mental health and well-being in the local population.
Founded in 2014, the Air Products Worcester City Runs attract thousands of runners and spectators to the city every September.
The half marathon, 10K and junior run have grown in size year on year, attracting both leading club athletes and large numbers of fun runners, many of whom raise money for good causes.
After an enforced break due to the pandemic, the event will return to the heart of Worcester in September and the partnership with Worcestershire Ambassadors is intended to help raise much needed funds to support local people as they deal with some of the ongoing challenges presented by the coronavirus.
Worcester Community Trust delivers a range of services and activities to improve wellbeing, reduce loneliness and isolation, and provide specialist support for survivors of domestic abuse
Worcestershire Ambassadors and Worcester Community Trust have both started recruiting supporters to be sponsored when tackling either the Air Products Worcester City Half Marathon or 10K.
The aim is to have at least 50 runners on the start lines on Sunday, September 5, raising thousands of pounds that will benefit the local community.
Julia Williams, chair of the Worcestershire Ambassadors, said: “As well as promoting the county as a great place to live, work, invest, visit and do business, one of our core aims is to play an active role in our community, by supporting local good causes and charities.
“The last 18 months have been extremely challenging, firstly due to the floods, and secondly due to COVID-19 and a number of individuals across the Worcestershire have been brave enough to share how these things have impacted their mental health.
Ruth Heywood, CEO of Worcester Community Trust, said: “Our charity thrives on bringing people together and supporting people through challenges they may be facing.
“WCT will be focusing on delivering services for local people to access to support them through the recovery phase and any funds raised through the Air Products Worcester City Runs will be dedicated to hosting mental health first aid and Moodmaster courses.”
Anyone who booked a place on the Air Products Worcester City Runs in 2020 has had their entry automatically carried over to 2021.
Visit www.worcestercityrun.com for more.