On your marks for 30th run

Launch of the Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10km Fun Run with the NSPCC, this year's chosen charity
Launch of the Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10km Fun Run with the NSPCC, this year's chosen charity
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RUNNERS are under starter’s orders for the latest Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run.

The annual event will celebrate its 30th year, when thousands of fundraisers and runners of all capabilities tackle the course on Blackpool’s Promenade on Sunday, May 13.

This year’s beneficiary is the NSPCC, which is aiming to provide new and improved facilities and opportunities for children across the Fylde coast.

Janette Drew, NSPCC community fundraising manager for Blackpool said: “The NSPCC is delighted to join forces with Beaverbrooks and be its chosen charity for this year’s fun run.

“The NSPCC’s history in Blackpool spans more than 100 years, and we are committed to creating a lasting legacy for children here.

“We’ve come a long way, but we still have work to do, which is why the NSPCC will be opening a new service centre in Blackpool later this year.

“Our new centre will provide a safe, supportive place for vulnerable children and for their families.

“By participating in the 10k, you will be helping to turn the tide for children, so please sign up and join in the fun.”

Cats with Red Shoes, a cheerleading squad from Highfield Road, South Shore, have devised a special cheer for this year’s run, to help motivate the throngs of runners.

Sandy Dancy, a teacher at Cats with Red Shoes, said: “We are delighted the NSPCC has asked us to lead the cheers and chants at this year’s Blackpool 10k.

The race this year will be bigger and better than ever, and we’re already working on new routines to put a spring in everyone’s step, and encourage runners to keep up the pace. We can’t wait to be part of the fun on the day.”

Following last year’s work on the Promenade, and a change of route to compensate for the closure of the Promenade, the run will start at 11am at the Hilton Hotel, North Shore.

Runners will head south, before turning around at the Blue Hotel and doubling back towards Gynn Square, for the final grand finish outside the Hilton on Middle Walk.

Jack Hecht co-chairman of the organising committee, added: “When we were approached 30 years ago to host the fun run, we thought the people suggesting it were mad, and that something like that would never work.

“But now we have an average of 3,000-4,000 people running every year, and the enthusiasm is still the same as it was right at the very beginning.

“The NSPCC is a tremendous charity, and we are very proud to be associated with it, and we hope to raise as much money as we possibly can to help children and their families on the Fylde coast.”

Susie Nichols, charity manager for Beaverbrooks, added: “We are thrilled this is the 30th year, and the whole team at Beaverbrooks is very excited.”

“Some of the staff are in training already, and we will have a team entering the race this year.”

n Entry to the run is £11 for over 16s, and £8.50 for those aged 13 to 15. To enter go to www.beaverbrooksfunrun.org.uk