Hundreds of youngsters are getting ready to pull on their running gear for the annual Arena Group Lincoln Mini and Junior Runs.
Children aged between 3 and 15 will step out in the events at Yarbrough Leisure Centre on Saturday 17th March – the opener for a full weekend of running in the city, which culminates in the Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K on Sunday 18th.
Among those getting ready are pupils from Ingham Primary School who are aiming to defend their title as winner of the Primary School competition in 2017. Pupils notched up the average fastest finishers in the 2.5km run and won a video camera for the school.
Ingham Primary Senior Teacher Jackie Peacock said: “The Mini and Junior Runs are great events and we’ve loved taking part in the them. The children last year had a fantastic time and I’d encourage all Lincoln schools to get involved.”
The Mini and Junior Runs include three distances for all ages: a 1.5K course for children aged three to eight, accompanied by an adult, a 2.5k route for 9-14-year-olds and a 5k course for youngsters aged 11-15.
Adrian Fitzpatrick, Managing Director, of Arena Group, whose kind sponsorship allows every child to run for free, said: “The Arena Group Mini and Junior Runs are a favourite part of our year. It’s great to see the youngsters getting active and getting involved.
“They really throw themselves into it and their excitement and enthusiasm is really infectious. We’re looking forward to meeting the hundreds of youngsters who will be taking part in the Lincoln events this year.”
The youngsters’ races will be started this year by the Mayor of Lincoln Councillor Chris Burke along with Arena Owl, the mascot for the events.
Tristan Batley Kyle, Head of Events at organisers Run For All, said: “The Mini and Junior events are a brilliant part of the City of Lincoln 10K and the perfect opening to our 2018 season. We’re already looking forward to welcoming our young runners on event day.”
All finishers in the events receive a goody bag, medal and T-shirt to mark their achievement. Children can run for fun, for a personal challenge or to raise funds for charity. This year’s official partner charity is Action for Children, who support disadvantaged children and families by providing short break services for children and young people with disabilities.
The City of Lincoln 10K is organised by Run For All, part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson who raised nearly £2m for charity despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
For more information about the Mini and Junior Run click here.