RUNNERS are limbering up for one of the area’s most popular fund-raisers which takes place next month.
More than 300 people have already signed up to the annual Crowle Gunpowder Plot 10k and two family Fun Runs, which take place on the morning of Sunday, May 11.
This is the event’s 12th year and it is proving to be as popular as ever but organisers are ready to accept large numbers of entries on the day too.
Last year 836 runners entered the runs, which raised more than £7,000 for local causes and the organisers are hoping to again raise a significant amount this year for charities to boost sporting and social activities for local parishioners.
Ali Mcindoe, who is the event co-organiser with Caroline Brookes, said: “The 10k and fun runs event has something for everyone.
“Each year we attract elite runners, club runners and fun runners from locally and much further afield and they bring their children too who can take part in the quarter or one mile races and have fun in safety on the village playing field and playground. And, of course, we attract many spectators too.”
The 10k, which will start at 11.30am, will follow the same scenic, rural route as in previous years, starting and finishing on the playing field in Crowle village and following roads, which are closed to traffic, through Sale Green and nearby Huddington Court, where the gunpowder plot was hatched. It will be run under Athletic Association rules.
There will also be two fun runs, which will take place before the 10k, at 10.30am – a quarter mile for young children and their adult helpers; and a more serious, timed, one-mile race for under 16s.
There will be prizes for all fun run finishers and in each run a trophy for the first three boys and first three girls. Both of the fun runs, will take place on a circuit around the village playing field.
A barbecue (including vegetarian) will be available at the event, as well as cakes and hot and cold drinks. There will also be a range of stalls and a children’s entertainment area near the playing field playground.
Online entry is available for the 10k race on Crowle’s website – www.crowle-online.co.uk or an entry form can be downloaded and sent by post. The 10k entry fee for Athletic Association affiliated runners will be £11; unaffiliated runners, £13, with an extra £2 charge for entries on the day.
All fun runners have to enter on the day and will be £3 for the quarter mile and £4 for the mile. There will be prizes for many categories of runners.
Registration will be from 9.30am on May 11, for on-the-day entries and for pre-entered 10k runners to collect their race numbers.