On your marks, get set, go!
Charities including East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) are set to benefit from a popular charity run in Suffolk.
The Woodbridge Shufflers’ Round The Town Races – a 10k circuit for those over the age of 15, accompanied by a junior 1.5km event for those aged seven to 15 inclusive – are returning on Sunday, 21st May.
Local charities are set to benefit from entry fees and sponsorship and this year’s impressive fundraising pot is £12,000.
That money is being split between six worthy causes, including EACH, which supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Suffolk.
The others to benefit – all nominated and elected at the Shufflers’ AGM in February – are the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA), Home-Start in Suffolk, St Elizabeth Hospice, Martlesham Wilds – Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Woodbridge Riding For the Disabled.
EACH was nominated by Shufflers member Hazel Brammar.
She said: “It’s a local charity that does an incredible job for children and families. How can we not support it? It makes such a difference and is our go-to charity to raise funds for whenever we can.”
The Woodbridge 10k has been running for more than 40 years and raised in excess of £100,000. Always a sell-out, places in the adult race are snapped up within an hour. Runners receive a commemorative t-shirt as part of their entry fee.
Next month’s event follows the success of last year’s race, which returned triumphant after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
Publicity officer Rosie Denny said: “The route is described as undulating – which basically means hilly!
“It takes in two laps of the town, starting near Buttrum’s Windmill, looping around the Shire Hall and then going ‘around the town’.
“It’s a huge social event, with spectators turning up in their droves to support the runners over the two-lap course which passes The King’s Head, The Bull, The Duke Of York, The Cherry Tree, The Anchor and The Red Lion, as well as The Galley restaurant – not to mention all the shops and cafes in The Thoroughfare.
“It’s worth saying that our event could not take place without the generosity of sponsors.
“Although our sponsored places are now full, any business or organisation interested in sponsoring next year’s race can email us via firstname.lastname@example.org.”
A full map and lots more information about the event is available here. Some roads are closed to traffic before, during and after the race.
For more information, including details about race transfers and on-the-day timings, click here.