Nottingham Forest and England legend Stuart Pearce today officially unveiled a major new charity race expected to bring thousands of runners to the city next year.
The new Asda Foundation Nottingham 10K will also see charities receive a massive boost when it takes place on Sunday 15th May.
Launching the new event at Nottingham Castle, Pearce, who played for Forest for 12 seasons and won 76 of his 78 England caps while at the club, said: “I am delighted to be able to help launch the Asda Foundation Nottingham 10K. I know the example set by Jane Tomlinson has inspired many people to take on charity challenges of their own.
Pledging to run himself next May, Pearce added: “I hope lots of people sign up for this new event and wish everyone who takes part the very best of luck.”
Entries for the event will open shortly but anyone who signs up for the mailing list from today will be able to enter for the discounted price of just £20. Go to www.runforall.com to enter.
The Nottingham 10K is the latest addition to the successful 10K series, supported by the Asda Foundation, which includes events in Leeds, York, Lincoln, Hull and Burnley. They are organised by Run For All, part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson, who raised nearly £2m for charity by tackling a series of gruelling challenges despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer. The Leeds 10K alone has raised over £2.5m for good causes since its launch in 2007.
The new Nottingham run will start and finish in the city centre and take runners past the castle, within the shadow of Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem – reputedly the country’s oldest pub, along the embankment of the River Trent, through the Lace Market and on to the grand finish in Old Market Square.
Lynne Preston, of Run For All, said: “We are enormously pleased to be able to bring this new 10K to Nottingham, a great city with a proud running heritage. Our 10K series, kindly supported by the Asda Foundation, is already very successful and the addition of Nottingham will enhance its reputation still further. “
Julie Ward, Asda Foundation manager, said: “It is wonderful that the 10K series in 2016 will include Nottingham. We look forward to seeing thousands of people running through one of the country’s major cities in aid of a host of charities.”
Councillor David Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council, said: “Nottingham is a great city of sport and we are delighted that Run For All is bringing this new 10K here. The city centre route promises to show off Nottingham at its best and we look forward to welcoming all the runners next May.”
For more information and to join the mailing list – and be first to find out when entries open – go to www.runforall.com