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13 July 2017

Mansfield 10k set to be biggest and best yet

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The third Mansfield 10k road race is set to be the biggest yet with 300 runners already signed up for the event on Sunday 17 September.

There is still time to register: entries will close on Friday 14 September at 12noon or when the maximum of 1,000 runners is reached. This year, to encourage more people to get involved, there will also be a new 5k race.

Runners can even take part in a "Virtual" Mansfield 10k this year which allows people unable to take part in Mansfield on the day to run the race wherever they may be between 17 and 30 September 2017 and qualify for a medal by sending in proof of their achievement. They will receive a medal in the post.  More details about this can be found on the Mansfield 10k page at the Virtual Runner website

The event, which last year attracted 643 runners, is organised by and raises money for Reach, a local charity which supports people with learning disabilities across Nottinghamshire with centres in Mansfield, Southwell and Newark. 

Last year's event raised  £5,000 from entry fees and additional sponsorship raised by runners. This year, the charity is hoping to top that figure. 

Mansfield District Council is a major sponsor of the race, along with McDonalds. Other sponsors are Slimming World, the Nottingham Building Society and Estate Agency, Perfect Motion, Full Phat, Notts Women Runners and Virtual Runner UK.

The race starts at 9am in the Market Place and loops and winds through traffic-free streets in the town centre with a sprint finish back into the market square where there will be a medal presentation ceremony at 9.45am.

The route is 5k long with the 10k runners completing two laps. Roads used for the route will be closed or partially closed for the race and should be reopened fully by 11am. 

The 10k is open to runners aged 15 or over.  Entry is £16 or £14 for members of affiliated running clubs. The 5k is open to anyone over the age of 12 and costs £12 for those aged over 16 and £8 for those aged 12 to 15. The virtual races cost £12 to enter. 

There are number of park runs around the town throughout the year to help those wanting to increase their times and fitness. Details of the can be found at the Parkrun website

Cllr Andrew Tristram, Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Wellbeing, said: "Mansfield District Council is committed to supporting this event and want it to grow into a successful annual event which will encourage more people here to dust off their running shoes and get fitter. 

"The district has one of the highest obesity rates in the county and running is one of the most effective ways to shed the pounds. With this race, not only do you have a chance to lose pounds, you also help a local charity to gain some so everyone is a winner."

Steve Shatwell, Chief Executive of Reach, added: "This year's event is gearing up to be bigger and better than ever and is a fantastic and fun way to help a local charity. We do lots of great work in the area, helping people with learning disabilities lead more fulfilling lives and this event directly supports that work."

For more information or to enter, visit the Mansfield 10k website

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