May the forces be with you… as Run, Walk or Push against Dementia returns!

On your marks, get set, go! After the huge success of last year's Run, Walk or Push against Dementia in Knole Park, it's time to lace up those running shoes again as it returns in May, with representatives from Kent Fire and Rescue and the Kent Police force stepping up to the challenge.

With around five-hundred runners taking part last year, the event makes its comeback on Sunday 13 May and will once again include timed 3, 5 and 10k courses suitable for everyone from parents with pushchairs to seasoned runners.

Last year, over £4,500 was raised which helped fund dementia friendly projects across the District, such as the new Forget-me-not café in Knole which provides support and companionship to those who are living with memory issues or dementia.

Entry for the 3k and 5k runs is £13 for people aged over 16, and £5 for under 16s. Both distances are suitable for beginners, children and people with pushchairs. Ages four and under go free.

Entry for the 10k run is £18 and is intended for keen runners and not open to under 16s or people with pushchairs.

Everyone who crosses the line will receive a commemorative medal and entrants can take advantage of a range of other benefits such as a 10% discount in Up&Running in Sevenoaks and free running workshops courtesy of the Sevenoaks Ladies Joggers & Oaks Blokes to help them prepare for the big day.

Sevenoaks District Council Chairman, Cllr Larry Abraham, says: "We're very happy to be able to support this event again and residents should be quick to sign up with 500 spaces available. Dementia is one of the leading causes of death in the UK and this event gives everyone the opportunity to not only improve their own health, but also raise money for people effected by the diseases.

"It's great to see a bit of friendly competition between the Fire service and Police force, with many of their workforce signing up – we'll see who comes out on top!"

Elaine Ferris and Symone Salwan who co-chair the Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Community Forum, add: "We are delighted to be partnering with organisations committed to changing the lives of those living with dementia in our community. With the support of our District Commander of Kent Police, Director of Kent Fire & Rescue and the Kent Police & Crime Commissioner; all senior figures in our local public services who are running with us on the 13 May. We hope that this year's event will be more inclusive and even more successful.

"Our Forget-Me-Not Cafés and Wellbeing Days have reduced isolation, enabled people to access support and brought joy to so many in the last year, the 2018 Run will enable us to continue these activities and we have new initiatives planned. Every pound helps us positively change people's lives."

To sign up and for further details visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/runwalkpush

 

Starfish Races 2017

14th May 2017, Bexhill-on-sea

Marathon | Half-Marathon | Marathon Relay

Join us along the beautiful Bexhill seafront for the 3rd Starfish Races in aid of Tree of Hope. The event welcomes runners of all abilities and ages to take part in its marathon, half marathon and marathon team relay (run 10.5k each in your team of 4 to complete a marathon). Children's races also on the day.

Enter now at www.starfishraces.co.uk

For more information visit www.treeofhope.org.uk or contact Kate on 01892 535525

 

New 10k timed run for 2017 in Sevenoaks

A new 10k timed run is taking place in the stunning surroundings of Knole Park in Sevenoaks.

The ‘Run, walk or push against dementia’ event is taking place on the morning of Sunday 14 May 2017 to help raise money for dementia services.

The run takes place in Kent’s last medieval deer park. The route includes undulations and a very steep incline, which makes it perfect for intermediate runners and those looking for a challenge.
Registration for the 10k run is £15. As this distance is intended for keen runners, it is not open to under 16s or people with pushchairs.

Everyone who registers will receive a voucher offering a 10% discount in the ‘Up and Running’ shop in Sevenoaks High Street. They can also take advantage of free, professionally led running classes as they prepare for the event. Everyone who crosses the finishing line will also be presented with a commemorative medal. Results will be available soon after the event when a text message will be sent to runners’ mobile phone or available on the website the next day.

A 3k and 5k run will begin after the 10k run at the same event. Advanced registration is £10 for people aged over 16 and £5 for under 16s. Both runs are suitable for children and people with pushchairs. Under 4s go free.

Higher registration prices will apply after 7 May.

Registration is now open at www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/runwalkpush or by calling 01732 227000.

Cllr Michelle Lowe, Sevenoaks District Council’s Cabinet member for health, says: “Experienced runners looking for a new challenge will enjoy this event, which takes place in the stunning surroundings of Knole Park.

“But with only 500 places available, I’d advise runners to be quick off the mark.”

 

Orpington High Elms 10k – Sunday 12th June 2016

Orpington Road Runner's are staging their annual 10k race on Sunday,12th June at High Elms Country Park in Farnborough, Orpington. We ran it there for the first time in 2014 and are thrilled that Runners World readers have rated it highly ever since. The course is entirely off road and uses paths and trails around the wood and park.

All proceeds will be donated to Bromley MIND in Bromley which is our charity for 2016. The Race starts at 9.30am and runners can enter on the www.orprunners.com webpage.

 

Discovery Run – Petworth Park, Saturday 30th May

There is a new mass participation trail running event coming to Petworth Park, West Sussex on Saturday 30th May:

Discovery Run
· 5k, 10k and half marathon distances
· 1.5km Discovery fun run for kids
· Refreshments
· Sports festival
· Music
· Retail

Details of the routes have just been announced, please click here if you are interested in finding out more.

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Bedgebury Forest, Kent – 6th June

On the 6th of June, Runner's World will come to Bedgebury Forest for our annual trail series, Trailblazer. With the choice of running either a traffic-free, 10K or half-marathon around a beautiful expanse of forest and parkland, Trailblazer is the ideal trail run.

The event includes a wonderful goody bag, a special edition technical 2XU t-shirt, free massages, an event village, kids games, free parking and lots, lots more.

Sign up on the Runner's World Trailblazer website.

Special Offer designed for Running Clubs: Enter 5 people and save £5 per person!

Enter as a Family: Enter as a family and save £5 per person! Plus pick up a kids pack with every family entry. Staggered start times allow both parents to run, one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you at the start line!

 

Orpington High Elms 10k

Orpington Road Runners are staging their annual 10k race on Sunday, 14th June at High Elms Country Park in Farnborough, Orpington. We ran it there for the first time in 2014 and were thrilled that Runners World readers subsequently voted it the 8th best 10k in the country. The course is entirely off road and uses paths and trails around the wood and park.

All proceeds will be donated to St Christophers Hospice in Bromley which is our charity for 2015. The Race starts at 9.30am and runners can enter on the Orpington Road Runners website.

 

Compaid 5k Challenge – Sunday 24th May

The Compaid 5k charity challenge is a flat off road course around the grounds of Tonbridge School.

Competitors can run, jog or walk (with dogs if kept on leads throughout) this course whilst raising vital funds for Compaid Charity. Medals will be awarded to all finishers and trophies awarded to the Junior (under 18) and Senior winning male and female in the 5k.

There is plenty for all the family with a toddlers dash, children's 800m fun run (12 years and under) and the main 5k. (Children aged 12 years & under MUST be accompanied by a parent if wishing to take part in the 5k)

To enter please download an entry form here.

Compaid is a charity based in Paddock Wood providing services and support for disabled and elderly people in and around Kent. For further information please visit the Compaid website.

Thank you for your support and I hope you will join us at this great community event.

Diane Bradley

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