Runnners have the chance to enter a popular charity race and raise money for three worthy causes, including East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). The annual Colchester 10k event is taking place on Sunday, 8th May. It is returning after a two-year hiatus because of Covid and proceeds will be split between EACH, Colchester Emergency Night Shelter and Colchester Foodbank.
Known for its fast, flat course, the Colchester 10k attracted more than 800 runners when held in 2019. Race director Tony Dutch said: “This is a major event and we’re very much looking forward to staging it. We held a virtual version last year but it’ll be great to see everyone and be together again. Hopefully we can raise as much money as possible for three very worthy and important local causes.”
The race is organised by Rotary in Colchester – a partnership of the town’s three Rotary Service Clubs. It starts and finishes at Abbey Field, getting underway in Circular Road North at 10.30am, with the focal point being the sports stadium within the Garrison. Changing, toilet and refreshment facilities are available, as well as an unsupervised bag drop. There is ample free parking.
Most of the course is level, with gentle slopes near the finish, and there are two water stations along the way. Road crossings are properly marshalled by volunteers or council staff. The race is run under the auspices of UK Athletics, with accurate timing and an official adjudicator and starter. “Many runners enter our enjoyable community event every year,” added Tony, who dresses up as Father Christmas and raises money for EACH every Christmas.
“Some will be representing athletic and running clubs, others come from parkruns, groups of friends or as individuals. Rotary in Colchester welcomes new entrants and promotes the event to athletic and running clubs across East Anglia.” The 2022 sponsors are LKA Recruitment, Colchester Travel and Collier & Catchpole and the deadline to enter is this Saturday (30th April).
The cost is £17.50 for unaffiliated runners and £15 for affiliated runners and members of the Armed Forces. To enter, head to www.colchester10.com
EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across North and West Essex and the rest of East Anglia. It has three hospices, including The Treehouse in Ipswich.