Young­sters set to run for fun

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By STEPHEN BRIGGS

RUN­NERS can test their ath­letic prow­ess and have fun as an an­nual race re­turns to Hampton Vale this week­end.

More than 100 run­ners of all ages are ex­pected to lace up their train­ers for the sev­enth an­nual Hampton Fun Run on Satur­day.

The scenic 2.1km race takes place around St James’ Pond, which is ad­ja­cent to Hampton Vale Pri­mary School.

There will also be a shorter race for chil­dren aged un­der eight, which will take place fol­low­ing the fun run on Hampton Vale Pri­mary School play­ing field.

The race is or­gan­ised by the Yax­ley Run­ners run­ning club, which meets ev­ery Mon­day evening at the Hampton Har­gate Sports Fa­cil­ity, in Beau­mont Way.

All prof­its from the event will go to the Ben Hunt Me­mo­rial Gar­den at Hampton Vale Pri­mary School. The gar­den was cre­ated in me­mory of for­mer pupil Ben, who was trag­i­cally killed in a road ac­ci­dent while on hol­i­day in Florida.

Club spokesman Dun­can Jack­son said: “The Hampton Fun Run is al­ways one of the high­lights of our cal­en­dar at the club and it is great to see so many young­sters tak­ing part and en­joy­ing run­ning.

“We even had a cou­ple of tod­dlers tak­ing part in the un­der-eights race, so it re­ally is an event for peo­ple of all ages.

“With so much fo­cus on chil­dren’s fit­ness these days, it’s fan­tas­tic to see so many fit young­sters en­joy­ing some ex­er­cise and hav­ing a fun time, while rais­ing money for a great cause.”

The race be­gins at noon, with the un­der eights event start­ing at 12.45pm. Postal en­tries have now closed, al­though run­ners will be able to en­ter on the day at Hampton Vale Pri­mary School.

En­try costs £3, with each fin­isher re­ceiv­ing a me­mento.

There will also be sev­eral prizes on of­fer, in­clud­ing the Jed Holmes Me­mo­rial Tro­phy, for the first Hampton Har­gate Pri­mary School pupil, with the tro­phy named af­ter the school’s for­mer head­teacher, and the Ben Hunt Me­mo­rial Tro­phy for the first Hampton Vale pupil.

For more de­tails, visit www.yax­leyrun­ners.org.uk, or call Claire Piercy on 07912 123763.

Run­ning foR fun: Hampton young­sters stay fit and aim for glory as they take part in the 2008 Hampton Fun Run.

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