A race to find more runners

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A CALL has gone out for budding runners to join the build-up to the 2012 Olympics.

Hartlepool is staging its own celebration on Sunday to mark one year to go to the London Olympics and more runners are needed.

The event, Celebration Village – Let The Games Begin, runs until 5pm at Summerhill.

The venue will be turned into a packed arena filled with sports and recreation ranging from a fun run to football, and French bowls to golf.

To start proceedings three fun runs are planned around the Summerhill course in a link-up between Hartlepool Borough Council and the Burn Road Harriers athletics club:

l The Wenlock Run starts at 9am, covers 6km and is for people who run regularly;

l The 4km Mandeville Run, at 9.45am, is for people who do some running and would like a challenge.

l The 2km 2012 Run at 10.15am is for all the family including children. People can jog or walk round the course.

Gemma Saunders, senior sports development officer with the Hartlepool sports development team, said: “We have 20 people for the family fun run and a lot of people are expected to sign on the day.

“We would especially like to encourage people for the two kilometre run which is suitable for walkers as well as runners. This is something for all the family.”

All runs are free and anyone wanting more details can contact (01429) 284050.

Anyone wanting application forms can contact (01429) 523404 or email sport.recreation@hartlepool.gov.uk. People can also register on the day from 8.45am.

Parking is expected to be restricted to car parks at West Hartlepool Rugby Football Club and Catcote School.

Other events will run at Summerhill, off Catcote Rod, from 11am to 5pm.

They include zumba sessions by instructor Jackie Savage, boccia, a form of French bowls, a display by Hartlepool Gymnastics Club, football skills demonstrations and BMX displays.

Summerhill site will be for staff and blue badge holder parking only.

Members of the public can park at West Hartlepool Rugby Football Club, off Catcote Road.