PEOPLE are being urged to lace up their trainers and take to the roads in support of heroes fighting for their country.
Fundraising residents can do their bit for Help for Heroes and work on their fitness in the process by taking part in a 10k race starting in Hartlepool.
The race has been organised by Wayne Dawson, a physical training instructor in the Royal Navy.
Wayne, 31, has served his country for 11 years and is currently working as part of a fitness team in schools in the area.
He came up with the idea of the race to support a charity close to his heart.
People still have more than five weeks to get themselves prepared and kick start a training programme before the starting gun goes on Saturday, July 16.
The race will leave Hartlepool Rovers Rugby Club, in West View Road, and finish at Horden Rugby Club, in Northumberland Street, Peterlee.
Wayne, who lives in Blackhall, said: “I wanted to support the lads and girls that are there representing their country.
“I thought a race would be a good fundraising event so I got to work on the planning of it.
“We have already had quite a bit of interest and hopefully we will get a lot more in the weeks leading up to the race.
“People do tend to be very generous and kind in their fundraising efforts and I am hoping they will support this fantastic cause.”
As well as the race, which starts at 11am, people can also enjoy a family fun day which will take place at Horden Rugby Club from around noon.
Wayne added: “I don’t really have a target of how much I would like to raise, I’m just hoping it’s a success.
“I’m looking forward to it now.”
The entry fee for the race is £10, which will cover transport, stewards, refreshments and prizes.
The race is open to anyone over the age of 15.
Those taking part will be issued with a sponsor form to raise funds for Help for Heroes.
People must register and pay the entry fee by no later than Friday, July 1.
To register or for more information, call Wayne on 07789 078921, Craig Harrop on (01429) 836615 or Glenn Bowman on 07817601206.