With running races set to make a big comeback in Hailsham this year, event organisers are delighted to confirm further details regarding the 10k, 5k, 3k and 1-mile runs scheduled to take place in May, of which the public are encouraged to register and take part.
Organisers Hailsham Active have partnered with the Town Council (which has provided funding for the event) and Sport Systems, a specialist management company which organises races across the UK each year on behalf of running clubs, charities and local authorities, to welcome runners to the town to participate in the popular 10k, 5k, 3k or all-inclusive 1-mile runs.
The Hailsham Active Run is scheduled to take place on Sunday 21st May, commencing at 9.30am in Hailsham High Street.
10k Race: Start time 10.30am
Two laps of the 5k route taking in scenery within Hailsham’s town centre and set against the backdrop of Hailsham Parish Church which is overlooking the start and finish of the race in the high street.
5k Race: Start time 10.30am
Starting and finishing in the high street and taking in a scenic route within the Hailsham parish boundary. Entrants must be over 11 yrs to register.
3k Race: Start time 9.30am
Aimed particularly at primary school children who need to be accompanied by a responsible adult throughout the race. The route will be within the parish boundary of Hailsham, starting and finishing in Hailsham High Street.
1-mile Race: Start time 10am
Two laps of Vicarage Road, starting in the high street and proceeding in reverse of the one way system in place. Fully inclusive race whereby participants can use any aid to support their disability in order to participate. Entrants can be accompanied by a carer at no cost (unless opting to register and receive a medal in their own right).
Full details of races, entry fees and how to register are available at hailshamactiverun.co.uk.
Group discounts for race entry fees are now available and organisers are encouraging businesses, schools and community groups to book their entry as early as possible (minimum 5 people per team).
There will be a range of facilities available on the day including public toilets (including a disabled Mobiloo), ample car parking, baggage storage and refreshments from local cafes.
Whilst the main sponsor of the run is Hailsham Town Council, sponsorship has also been raised from businesses in the community, funds which will go towards the event’s overall expenses. Sponsors include Alinka UK, Colston, Hallmark Glazed Extensions, Stevens & Carter and the Hailsham & District Chamber of Commerce. Crown Weath Management is kindly sponsoring the 1-mile all-inclusive run.
“Hailsham Active is delighted to be co-organising the event with Sport Systems, complementing our mission to create a healthier Hailsham community,” said joint project lead Mary Laxton. “Yes, it’s true, we were inspired by Team GB’s success in the Olympics last year and are bringing back the ‘Run’ to our great town of Hailsham!”
“In the mid-90s we hosted various fun runs but now, running is a growing community activity, beneficial to participants’ mental health, well-being and helping to combat isolation and stress into the bargain. Of course, this will be a prestigious event that will bring in runners and clubs with their families from across the area, and this in turn will also benefit our local economy and town centre trade on the day.”
“Furthermore, we are encouraging all Hailsham residents with any form of disability or special need to participate in the 1-mile inclusive run especially, using any form of support that they require. There will be a fully-accessible portable toilet on site. It’s so important to us to be fully inclusive as a community.”
Mrs Laxton added:”This event has been in the planning stage for 18 months and now the final preparations are finally all coming together! We are advertising far and wide to spread the word of this event, and now the Run is in place, it will go ahead regardless of the weather and applications are open! Let’s do this together and help put Hailsham on the sporting map.”
“We encourage the public to come out on the route and the high street at the start and finish line to show their support.”
“Getting people active is our objective, and we are sure the Hailsham Active Run will be a spur for many to start gentle exercise, working towards another wonderful fun day with the whole community. We are very grateful for the unanimous support with this project from race organisers Sport Systems and of course, Hailsham Active.”
If you wish to volunteer as a Marshall for the event and you’re over the age of 18, please contact Trevor Powis on 07824 466720.
Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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