Runners looking to race ahead for a good cause could help a local hospice by helping to fill the charity places they have for the Great East run.
St Nicholas Hospice Care, which provides care and support for those across the community, needs to find runnerswilling to pull on their trainers and take part in the Great East Run, which returns to Ipswich on Sunday, September 22.
The half marathon will see 3,500 participants make their way to the starting line, making it bigger and better than last year.
Tracy Leuty, of Thurston, took up the 13.1 mile challenge last year and since then she has been inspired to slip on her running gear and take part in a running event every month.
Tracy said: “There is a good atmosphere at the Great East Run, with its picturesque route and lovely breeze as you ran across the Orwell Bridge.”
The run will start and finish in Ipswich town centre, following the same popular route as before.
Lisa Patterson and Emma Jelley, who work at the hospice, also conquered the running challenge last year.
Lisa said: “The Great East Run is a really lovely scenic run. I enjoyed running through the park, around the quay and even up the two mile hill as the landscape was so picturesque. It was lovely that it was so local. I hopped on the train in the morning and back home without the hassle of traffic.”
Emma said: “The Great East Run was my first half marathon and it was brilliant. The training was tough but that feeling of achievement when you finally cross the finish line cannot be put into words. The crowds were super supportive with plenty of drinks and jelly babies all along the route. It didn’t matter if you took one hour or three hours plus to complete because people were still out there cheering us on. I loved every moment of it.”
Runners will need to raise a minimum of £300 in sponsorship, but the charity’s fundraising team can help you along the way with some tips and a training programme.
Lizzie Cross, hospice events fundraiser, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who would love to tackle this challenge and be part of the wonderful atmosphere while raising funds for our hospice. We still have places up for grabs and we would love to see all of them filled, and as the event isn’t until September we hope this would give fundraisers plenty of time to train and fundraise.”
The places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis, and if you’re interested in taking part please contact Lizzie Cross by emailing Lizzie.firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01284 715599
Pictured above is Tracy Leuty with her finishers medal from last year’s Great East Run.