THIS weekend sees the Great North Run – but preparations are already well underway for the Great North Kirklees Run!
The annual event, organised by Legacy Sport, will be staged at Spen Valley Sports College, with up to 300 pupils from partner primary schools entering.
And this year, as part of the Great Spen Valley Health Challenge, it is hoped adults will also come along and take part in their own Family Fun 5k race around the school playing fields.
The children’s races begin at 4.15pm on Thursday October 4, with the adults’ race following around 5.30pm – open to parents and any secondary school pupils who will be asked to donate £5 to the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield. The children’s races are free.
Shaun Fox from Legacy Sport said: “In the past it’s only been open to children, but this year – as part of our challenge to get families enjoying a more healthy lifestyle – we are holding a race for adults as well.
“PJs Health and Fitness Village has kindly offered free training to adults who want to get themselves fit in time for the race.”
The free training will be at the weekly Thursday running sessions run by Joe Gledhill, starting at 6.30pm, until the day of the race. Those wanting to take part can call the gym on 01274 870076.
Among those who have already pledged to take on the 5k challenge is the sports college’s new headteacher Ian Ellam.
“Mr Ellam was very keen to get involved so we took him to PJs where Joe put him through his paces,” said Mr Fox.
For more information on the Family Fun 5k run email firstname.lastname@example.org.