ACTIVE youngsters from St Barnabas CE First and Middle School in Drakes Broughton combined science and sport to help launch the 2019 Air Products Worcester City Runs.
Pupils from joined athletics legend Steve Cram for a training session to announce an extended festival of running in Worcester later this year which includes a new inter-schools challenge.
They were also joined by Lawrence Hatfield, a science ambassador for locally based industrial gases firm Air Products, which has signed up as headline sponsor for the Worcester City Runs for three years.
Thanks to a partnership between Worcester City Council and Events of the North, the 2019 Worcester City Runs will be held on September 14 and 15.
The 2019 Air Products Worcester City Runs will kick off on the evening of Saturday, September 14 with the Worcester 1-2-3, an all-new event for the city centre which will offer people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to participate in a run, at distances of their choice.
The Air Products Worcester City Half Marathon, 10K and Young Athletes Run will all take place the following day. As well as individual racing, a new inter-schools challenge has been introduced to encourage more young people to participate in sport.
Organisers have confirmed the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust will be the event’s official charity partner for 2019. The trust has fielded fund-raising runners in the races in recent years and hopes to raise even more money this year.
Jennifer Kelly, who heads up the charity, joined the launch event and was able to meet Lily Filmer, a year 3 pupil who recently returned to the school after treatment for leukaemia.
Event founder Steve Cram said: “Working with Worcester City Council, we’re really proud of what we have achieved here over the last few years and the growing success of this event has given us the confidence to add even more to it for 2019.
“It’s great to have a local company on board as our main sponsor and we’ve got exciting plans to make the Air Products Worcester City Runs bigger and better than ever, thanks to ideas like the Worcester 1-2-3 and inter-schools challenge.
Entries for this year’s Air Products Worcester City Run events are now open and there are ‘early bird’ prices for the half marathon and 10K races, until midnight on Thursday, April 4.
Visit www.worcestercityrun.com for entry fees and more details about this year’s events.