Run on Olympic marathon course

RUNNERS have the chance to compete on an Olympic course and raise money for a local cause.

The world’s very best marathon runners will be vying for Olympic gold later this year around the streets of the capital.

And town residents have the chance to compete on the very course at a unique event taking place before the Games get underway.

The BUPA 10,000m race, taking in one lap of the 26.2 mile marathon course, will go ahead on Sunday, May 27, this year.

Race places were snapped up immediately but Hartlepool & District Hospice secured a limited number of the highly sought-after spots and are now offering their supporters a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get involved.

Francis McAllister, director of fundraising at the Wells Avenue-based hospice, said: “This is an amazing opportunity for runners to support their local hospice and experience the thrill of running on the Olympic course prior to the games in August this year.

“We are looking forward to hearing from people who are up for the challenge.”

Around 13,000 runners are expected to take part in the race, which starts and finished at London’s St James’s Park and takes in famous landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.

Greg Hildreth, events and community facilitator at the hospice, added: “This is a unique opportunity for all serious runners who are keen to be part of such a prestigious event.

“As these places are so sought after we will be looking for people who can not only run, but raise high levels of sponsorship to support our charity.

“I’d very much like to hear from anyone who is interested in taking one of the places.”

Runners must be aged 16 or over on the day of the event.

Those who are interested should contact Greg on (01429) 855529 or email ghildreth@hartlepoolhospice.co.uk.