RUNNERS can take to the starting line for a major race in the capital thanks to a town charity.
Hartlepool & District Hospice has secured a limited number of sought-after places for this year’s BUPA London 10k run.
The race, which is taking place in May, starts and finishes at the Mall and takes in many of London’s famous sights such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and the Millennium Bridge.
Some of the finest distance runners on the planet turn out every year for the race and will zoom round in world class times.
But many of the 13,000 who take to the start line will complete the race for charity and raise thousands of pounds in sponsorship,
The Wells Avenue-based hospice is now on the lookout for runners to represent the charity in the race and seek sponsorship in the weeks ahead.
Greg Hildreth, hospice fundraiser, said: “This is a great opportunity for runners to be part of something huge and exciting.
“This is a really popular event and we are looking for people who can not only run, but also raise sponsorship to support our charity.
“Our supporters who ran in the event last year said it was an absolutely fantastic day and they also raised a lot of money.
“I would love to hear from anyone who is interested in taking one of the places.”
Last year, hospice supporters Jeff Drake and Chloe Young ran in the race, which takes in some of the route which made up the Olympic marathon course last summer, and raised more than £2,000 between them.
After completing the race last year, Jeff, 53, who is a well- known hospice supporter and raised £1,250 in sponsorship, said: “It was a brilliant day and a great spectacle.
“It was very hot which made it tough, but there was thousands of runners and twice as many supporters, the whole day was fantastic.”
The race will get underway at 10am on Monday, May 27.
For more information about the race or to request a place, people can call the hospice fundraising team on (01429) 855555 or visit www.hartlepoolhospice.co.uk.