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