Fleet 10k: Ap­ply now as there are no on- the- day en­tries this year

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Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -

RUN­NERS keen to en­ter this year’s Fleet 10k had bet­ter be quick as the pop­u­lar road race is fill­ing up fast.

This year’s event, or­gan­ised by the Fleet and Crookham Ath­letic Club, takes place on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 22 at 10am.

“The en­try limit has again been raised, this time to 1,300 due to the race fill­ing all 1,200 places the last year. That still didn’t prove enough, with many dis­ap­pointed, hav­ing left it just that bit too late,” said race di­rec­tor Rich Jack­son.

“For the last three years not only has this very pop­u­lar lo­cal race filled but the or­gan­is­ing team have had to close en­tries up to a month ahead of the race due to sheer num­bers.

“Al­ready this year en­tries have ex­ceeded 750 so run­ners are urged to get their en­tries in early as there will be no ‘ on the day’ en­try. Once the race fills there won’t be any fur­ther places re­leased or en­tries taken.”

Mr Jack­son has se­cured a Bri­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Road Races up­grade from bronze to sil­ver and this year the 5k fun run has been up­graded to a ful­lyfledged 5k af­ter be­ing ac­cu­rately mea­sured and cer­ti­fied. Both races are chip timed and again this year the 10k race will have a tim­ing mat at the start and fin­ish.

Hav­ing proved pop­u­lar in the last two years, run­ners will again re­ceive their fin­ish­ing times by text mes­sage im­me­di­ately af­ter the race has ended.

The 10k event is held in mem­ory of Peter Driver, who won gold for Eng­land in the six- mile event at the Em­pire – now Com­mon­wealth – Games in Van­cou­ver in 1954. He died in 1971.

Mr Driver moved to Fleet in 1961 and joined Fleet and Crookham Ath­letic Club. He be­came the sec­re­tary and helped im­prove and en­large the club, giv­ing it the base from which it has flour­ished.

He in­tro­duced sons Alan and An­drew to run­ning and both have en­joyed suc­cess on the track, road and cross coun­try.

A two- lap run around Fleet, the race starts in Fleet Road, near The Har­ling­ton. The traf­fic- free route passes through the town cen­tre to­wards the sta­tion, then turns left into El­vetham Road, left again into Read­ing Road North and once more into Fleet Road, where route is re­peated.

Ra­dio Frim­ley Park is pro­vid­ing the com­men­tary and en­ter­tain­ment, and there will be a warm- the up just be­fore the race starts led by mem­bers of the ath­letic club’s ju­nior sec­tion.

Sweat­shop of Wok­ing is spon­sor­ing the prize list, which in­cludes the first three men and women across the line and var­i­ous vet­eran age groups, while ThinkFord is pro­vid­ing the lead car and spon­sor­ing the text mes­sage re­sults im­me­di­ately af­ter the race.

To en­ter or be­come a vol­un­teer, visit www. fleet10k. co. uk.

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