Run re­turns with new route

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THE NINTH Ger­rards Cross Fun Run will take place on Sun­day May 22 with a new route and chip tim­ing.

The bi­en­nial event will start at the Me­mo­rial Cen­tre be­fore fin­ish­ing on East Com­mon, with the route al­tered around the roads to re­move the pinch points. New for 2016, or­gan­is­ers will also be util­is­ing chip tim­ing for the start and fin­ish in or­der to ac­cu­rately record times.

Any­one from eight years of age can run the 5k race, and there will also be childrens’ races for four-to-nine-year-olds.

Each 5k run­ner re­ceives a race T-shirt, medal, wa­ter and goody bag, and en­trants in the chil­dren’s races all earn a fun run medal.

Sue Ha­trick, chair of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, said she is look­ing for­ward to the day, which also in­cludes a ‘quintessen­tially English’ fair on East Com­mon, but it will be her last run on the com­mit­tee.

She said: “It’s ex­haust­ing but it’s great fun. It’s the big­gest com­mu­nity event in Ger­rards Cross. It’s es­tab­lished and it’s part of Ger­rards Cross now.”

She added: “It’s re­ally good. It’s nice to bring the com­mu­nity and busi­nesses to­gether, hav­ing fun while rais­ing money for char­ity. It’s a nice event and it’s a very happy event. It’s a lovely thing to do.”

The fair in­cludes a bar­be­cue, beer and Pimms tent, tea and sand­wiches, live mu­sic with three lo­cal bands play­ing a set and a bouncy cas­tle, as­sault course, tombola and many more, and weather per­mit­ting, clas­sic cars.

This year the event will sup­port Kids in Sport, Med­i­cal De­tec­tion Dogs and the com­mit­tee has also elected to do­nate £1,000 to the El­iz­a­beth Voaden Foun­da­tion.

On­line reg­is­tra­tion opens to­mor­row (Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 26).

Visit https://gx­fun­run. org.uk/home, face­book. com/GX FunRun or con­tact info@gx funrun. org.uk or @GX­Fun­Run.

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