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Worcester run boosted by addition of Paula's event

Rob George 4th Sep, 2021

THIS year’s Air Products Worcester City Runs will be boosted by the addition of a family event founded by athletics legend Paula Radcliffe.

The popular Worcester City Half Marathon, 10K and Young Athletes Run will be joined by Paula’s Families on Track, powered by Atom Bank, which will give family teams the opportunity to work together to complete 10K in a relay, all on a safe, enclosed course.

Worcester’s iconic City Runs event returns this weekend (September 4 and 5) as part of the partnership between Worcester City Council and Events of the North.

Founded in 2014, the Air Products Worcester City Runs attract thousands of runners and spectators to the city.

The half marathon, 10K and Young Athletes 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, including the event’s official charity partner, Worcestershire Ambassadors.

For 2021, the weekend of events will begin with Paula’s Families on Track, which will be hosted on Worcester Racecourse on Saturday morning. The athletics legend will be on hand to supervise the event and will also take part with her children, Isla and Raphael.

Families on Track made its global debut at the Durham City Run Festival in 2019 and gives family groups the opportunity to complete a 10K distance in a continuous relay in laps of either 1,000m, 500m or 250m, in a safe setting and format that allows everyone to contribute, no matter what their age or ability.

“Sharing my passion for running with those I love the most is really important to me and that inspired me to create Families on Track,” she said.

“I want to encourage families to get fit and active together and enjoy that experience. Everyone has been impacted by the pandemic and we’ve seen the effect restrictions have had on people’s physical and mental health.

“As we emerge from the crisis, getting active is more vital than ever and our format makes that easy and fun to do as a family,” she added.

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