Let’s raise some cash with a fun run!

The 2013 Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k fun run
The 2013 Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k fun run
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Entries are now being taken for this year’s Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run.

Now in its 32nd year, the run along the Prom is one of Trinity Hospice’s biggest fundraising events.

Last year 2,600 people took part and it raised just short of £90,000.

This year, hospice staff hope it will attract even more runners.

Trinity’s events fund-raiser Collette Goodwin said: “The fun run is always well supported.

“People come from all over the country to take part and it’s the one event where we allow people to run for other charities.

“It’s very inclusive.

“This year we’re hoping to get between 2,800 and 3,000 runners taking part.”

The run, which is being sponsored by Beaverbrooks, has always attracted people from all walks of life – as well as the individual runners there are church organisations, emergency services teams, secondary schools, fitness groups, running clubs, families and groups of friends.

Some previous runners have already pledged to take part in this year’s event, as well as some Trinity staff members and volunteers.

Some people will be running in memory of loved ones who were cared for at Trinity, others are running to raise money to help Trinity meet its £7m running costs.

The run takes place on Sunday, May 11 and will set off from Blackpool Hilton on Promenade at 11am. Runners will follow a route along the Prom to the Pleasure Beach and back.

A wheelchair race will set off ahead of the runners.

Anyone aged 11 upwards can take part, though children up to 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

And as ever, the fun run promises some colourful costumes along the route.

Trinity’s fund-raising manager, Linzi Young, said: “It is going to be a wonderful event and our team of staff and volunteers are already busy processing entries.

“The 10k Fun Run has become one of the best known events in the Blackpool charity calendar and we are all looking forward to the big day.

“We get entries from across the county – in 2013 we had people travelling from Birmingham, London and Glasgow to be part of the run, and that’s really great for the town, because many bring friends and family with them.

“The Fun Run is our single biggest fund-raising event of the year and we really hope to beat our 2013 total of £89,000 this time – to get to the £100,000 would be amazing.”

Once they have entered, runners will receive an information pack, race number and an electronic chip timing tag for their trainers.

Here’s how to sign up to take part in the Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run:

Online at www.blackpoolfunrun.co.uk

In person at Trinity Hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham

By phone on (01253) 359355