Dig out the trainers, dust off the headband and update your iPod - the Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run is back!
Runners of all ages and abilities are in training for the Beaverbrooks 10K in aid of Trinity Hospice which is just over two months away.
From as young as 11 to as old as 70, athletes from across the Fylde and further afield are getting ready to lace up their running shoes for annual pounding of the Golden Mile.
‘Elite’ athletes from local running clubs are also looking forward to the race, which will have official individual electronic chip timing for accurate results.
Linzi Young, Trinity Hospice’s Head of Fundraising said: “The level of interest in the 10K has once again been excellent, and I know a lot of people are now in training for the big day.
“Having said that, the beauty of the Blackpool 10K is that fun runners will also feel perfectly at home – not everyone needs to be setting a personal best.
“No doubt there will be a few power walkers and some fancy dress costumes too.
“It is going to be a fantastic event.”
She added: “The generosity of Beaverbrooks in supporting the 10K means so much to us. As a charity we rely on help from people in the local community because we must raise over £5m a year to continue to provide compassionate hospice care to children and adults from Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.”
The 10K Fun Run on May 10 is one of the area’s biggest public sporting events and more than 2,000 runners are expected to take part.
Many runners are doing it to raise sponsorship for Trinity and Brian House, but other good causes are welcome too.
Linzi said: “I always find it touching to hear of people running in memory of someone who was cared for at Trinity.
“Sponsorship gives us an enormous boost, and in our 30th birthday year we are asking everyone to try and raise £30 for us.”
The Hilton Hotel is race HQ for the day, but Trinity’s team of volunteers will be marshalling the route.
The route – which has a reputation for being a potentially fast course if the weather is good - goes from the Hilton on North Promenade, down the Golden Mile to the Pleasure Beach and back.
Online entry is now open via the Trinity Hospice website, and Trinity also has branded running vests and drinks bottles available to buy.
Every runner will receive a race pack, registration number, trainer tag for timing and full instructions for the big day.