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