Runners and volunteers taking part in the weekend's Braunstone parkrun are being asked to wear red to promote a series of fundraising sporting activities taking place the following week for the British Heart Foundation.
The 69th weekly, timed, 5k race at Braunstone Park takes place on Saturday morning (18 February), one week before a number of led 'Wear it Red' Day runs, bike rides and walks are being organised around the city for the charity that helps tackle heart disease.
Braunstone parkrunners have agreed to lend their support by wearing red for their regular Saturday morning run to promote the day of activities. A provisional photocall for all those sporting red is expected to take place before the start of the race at approximately 8.55am.
The weekend's 'Wear it Red' run is the latest fancy dress parkrun that organisers have planned and follows very successful and well supported recent races that marked Christmas and Halloween as well as a hugely popular "orange" themed day last summer that smashed Braunstone parkrun's attendance record, a record that still stands to this day.
All parkruns and associated events are organised by a local team of volunteers.
All parkruns, including Saturday's themed day, are free to enter but runners must register in advance of their first race online at www.parkrun.org.uk/braunstone. All races start at 9am in front of the old stable block on the park.
Meanwhile the two bike rides, four walks and run that take place for 'Wear it Red' Day on 25 February from 1.30pm are being organised by Leicester City Council. It is the second year running the event has been held. Last year participants raised £2,200 for the British Heart Foundation. Five of Leicester's leisure centres will be acting as starting points for the activities, while Humberstone Gate in the city will be the finishing destination.
Places for the Wear it Red event are limited, so to book a place, contact April Alcott, exercise referral officer at Leicester City Council, on (0116) 299 5585 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anne Newbery, Braunstone parkrun volunteer