Running clubs and enthusiasts are being asked to take part in a popular charity race in honour of its 25th anniversary.

St Clare Hospice, in Hastingwood, attracts several people each year to take part in their annual 10k race.

The popular annual sporting event first took place in 1994, organised by Liz Jones and her son Matthew.

Ms Jones explained the route first ever set out is a lot different now due to preventing potential traffic hazards.

She said: “The event always marks the beginning of spring for me, as the route which my son devised in 1995 is still the same today.

“There are daffodils in the hedgerows and gardens, new leaves on the trees, and the sound of birds singing, the swish of the wheels of the lead biker and the amazingly fast and light wheelchairs, followed by the thud of hundreds of running shoes and trainers on the roadway.”

Last year’s event attracted 320 runners and wheelchair racers of all abilities, raising more than £14,000 for the Hospice.

Starting and finishing at the Hospice, this event is suitable for all abilities – whether new to running, or a regular club runner looking for a new personal best.

St Clare challenges and events fundraiser, Emma Broadbent, is organising this year’s race.

She said: “We’ve already seen a huge amount of interest in our 10k race this year, with record number of entries by this time of the year.

“It’s easy to see why our race is a popular choice for local runners, with beautiful views en route.

“Not only that, but our route along the roads of Hastingwood is UK Athletics affiliated and chip-timed – so it offers the perfect opportunity to get a new PB at the start of the running season.”

St Clare Hospice 10k race will take place on Saturday, April 7, 10.30 am.

Deadline for advanced sign-ups is Monday, April 1, a registration desk will open on the day for any last-minute participants.

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