Schools across Lynn and West Norfolk are being urged to get their pupils involved in one of the region’s biggest fun runs.
Hundreds of children and adults are expected to line up for the Bespak Mini Grand East Anglia Run, staged by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, in Lynn on Sunday, April 30.
Open to youngsters of all abilities, aged from six to 17, the 1.2 mile fun run is a popular part of the Asda Foundation Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR 10K).
Enthusiastic supporters encourage the children as they make their way around the route, which starts in Tuesday Market Place, and all finishers receive a medal, T-shirt and a goody bag.
Children from St Martha’s Roman Catholic School, who have a proud record in the event, helped launch this year’s Mini Gear.
For the past three years the school has, proportionately, had the biggest team in the field – and hopes to retain the title in 2017, too.
Steve Lovatt, director of regularity, quality HSE at Bespak said: “We are delighted to support an event that inspires so many children to pull on their trainers and run.
“It’s a fantastic way to get kids active and introduce them to the fun of a mass participation event.”
Run For All event manager Lynne Preston said: “The Bespak Mini Gear is a great way of getting the youngsters out and active – and a brilliant way for schools and other groups to engage their pupils in sport.”
Title sponsors Bespak are once again making 150 places available to local schools to allow their pupils to take part for free.
To apply for places, schools should email firstname.lastname@example.org
The event’s official partner charity is the Magpie Centre, a dedicated Riding for the Disabled stable just outside Downham, which each week gives more than 1,30 people riding or carriage driving lessons.
The Lynn News is the offical media partner of GEAR. It joins the Asda Foundation, West Norfolk Council, Alive Leisure and Bespak as sponsors.
For full details of the run, and to enter, go to http://www.runforall.com/fun-runs/ bespak-mini-gear/
n Staff from companies across Norfolk are also putting their best foot forward for the Bespak Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR) Corporate Challenge.
The challenge was officially launched on Tuesday. Businesses, sports clubs, church groups and other organisations will compete for the title of fastest team in the race.
Teams will also benefit from exclusive on-the-day hospitality, branded T-shirts to run in and extra souvenirs.
Entries are now open at http://www.runforall.com/10k/gear/corporate