It’s almost that time again to pull your socks up and lace the running shoes as the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k road race returns to the city.
Since the first ever run in 2008, more than 5,000 fitness fans and fundraisers have completed the course, raising a whopping £210,000 for Leeds-based national charity Epilepsy Action.
Now, in 2014, the run returns to Bradford on Sunday 16th March where more than 1,500 people are expected to turn up and continue to show their support for the charity which supports the 50,000 population which suffers from epilepsy every year.
Whether you are a first time runner, or an elite athlete, the course is designed to cater for all abilities, with a flatter route set out for this year.
Last year, the course record was smashed by Tesfaye Debele, who achieved an amazing time of just 31 minutes and two seconds.
This has lead race organisers to add a bit more incentive to the 2014 runs with Epilepsy Action offering a £50 prize to the first runner who can beat this time and finish the race in less than 30 minutes.
The run is supported by Airedale Athletics, who will provide runners with training tips and training clinics, supervised by qualified coaches.
Katie Stocks, fundraising events officer at Epilepsy Action, explained why the runs are a crucial fundraising tool for the national charity.
She said: “The Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k run continues to go from strength to strength and we hope to get a record number of runners this year.
“The race provides the perfect target for your New Year fitness goals, even if you’ve never taken part in an organised run before or if this is the year you want to beat your personal best. An added sense of achievement comes from knowing that every penny raised from the event goes to Epilepsy Action.
“In 2014 the charity will continue to provide its life-changing services, ensuring that no one with epilepsy has to live with the condition alone.”
Entry costs £18 or £16 for runners affiliated to a UK athletics running club, with prizes awarded for both males and females placed first, second and third, and for winners of the veterans’ categories.
A free technical running T-shirt will be provided to everyone who successfully completes the race whilst refreshments will be available throughout the day and during the course of the race.
For more information about the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k, including sign up details please visit epilepsy.org.uk/bradford10k or call the fundraising team on 0113 210 8800.
The closing date for entries is Thursday 13th March 2014.