Road run­ner num­bers ex­pected to be record

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

JON MACPHER­SON

ARECORD num­ber of run­ners are ex­pected to take part in this week­end’s Ac­cring­ton Road Run­ners 10k race.

Up to 600 peo­ple will lace up their train­ers for the event, now in its 33rd year, with more fam­i­lies and young chil­dren set to com­pete.

Or­gan­is­ers say they are ‘de­ter­mined to make this year big­ger and bet­ter than ever be­fore’ and will also hold three ju­nior of­froad races for dif­fer­ent age groups.

Race di­rec­tor Neil Thomp­son said: “We are on track for a big­ger event than last year and it’s all about bring­ing the rac­ing com­mu­nity to­gether.

“That com­mu­nity has never been big­ger and that’s be­cause of all the lo­cal park runs and couch to 5k’s. What that al­lows is peo­ple to as­pire do­ing longer dis­tances and that’s why I feel these 10ks are start­ing to get more en­tries year on year.

“We are ex­pect­ing any­where be­tween 500 and 600 run­ners on the day.

“We have a ju­nior event on as well which was a suc­cess last year but we would like to see more tak­ing part. They are the fu­ture of the run­ning com­mu­nity so get­ting them started early can only be a good thing.

“We will be mak­ing a do­na­tion to East Lan­cashire Hospice. No in­di­vid­ual will make any money out of this. It’s all for a good cause and helps keep Ac­cring­ton Road Run­ners afloat.”

For the sec­ond year run­ning the race will start and fin­ish at Al­tham In­dus­trial Es­tate with the last 1.5 miles be­ing a ‘fast de­scent’.

Regis­tra­tion opens on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28, at 8am at The Wal­ton Arms on Burn­ley Road and the 10k race will start at 10am.

The ju­nior races will be held be­tween 10.10am and 10.25am with the ju­nior prize giv­ing at 11.15am.

The events are open to un­der 7s, un­der 9s, un­der 11s, un­der 13s, un­der 15s and un­der 17s with 1km, 2km and 3km races.

All youth run­ners will re­ceive a medal and there are prizes for the first boy and girl in each age cat­e­gory. En­try costs £2.

The 10k race will be recorded by chip tim­ings and all par­tic­i­pants will get a goody bag and be en­tered into a free raf­fle.

Prizes are avail­able for the first three men and women, the first vet­eran man and woman, the first male and fe­male team and the first ju­nior.

En­try costs £14.50 for af­fil­i­ated club mem­bers or £16.50 for non-mem­bers. To book visit book­it­zone. com/ac­cring­tonrr/ rA2FFX or call Neil on 07956 826613.

Run­ners tak­ing part in last year’s Ac­cring­ton Road Run 10k

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