Running races are set to make a big comeback in Hailsham, and event organisers are delighted to confirm that applications will be open soon for people to register to take part in 10K, 5K and 1-mile runs, scheduled for next May.
Organisers Hailsham Active and town councillor Mary Laxton have partnered with Nice Work, a specialist race 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 or all-inclusive 1-mile all-inclusive run.
The event is scheduled to take place on Sunday 22nd May 2022, commencing at 9.30am in Hailsham High Street.
“Hailsham Active and I are delighted to be co-organising the event with Nice Work, complementing our mission to create a healthier Hailsham community,” said town councillor and joint project lead Mary Laxton. “Yes, it’s true, we have been inspired by Team GB’s recent successes in the Olympics 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 will be encouraging all Hailsham residents with any form of disability or special need to participate in the 1k run especially, using any form of support that they require. It’s so important to us to be fully inclusive as a community.”
Cllr Laxton added: “We will be advertising far and wide to spread the word of this event and we are hoping to get a high-profile sports personality to officially start the running event.”
“Now the Run is booked and commissioned, it will go ahead regardless of the weather! Let’s do this together and help put Hailsham on the sporting map.”
Steve Wennington, chairman of joint project lead Hailsham Active commented: “Getting people active is our objective, and we are sure the fun 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 our Town Council.”
Entrants will be required to be over the age of 11 and entry fees are set at £18.50 (10k), £15.00 (5k) and £6.00 (1-mile all-inclusive race).
The route is being planned by ‘Hailsham Harriers’ running club member Darren Gillett, which will hopefully be authorised by East Sussex County Council and other statutory agencies.
Organisers are now seeking sponsorship support from local businesses and organisations, all of which will be mentioned in event publicity and on the lanyards of the medal that each entry receives. If you are a local business and wish to sponsor the event, contact Ross Newark via the Hailsham Active Facebook page.
Any excess funds made from ticket entry will be held by Hailsham Active and used for improving access to sports activities in the local community.
Entrants will be able to register for their chosen run in the near future via nice-work.org.uk, details of which will be announced by the Town Council in the coming weeks.
Terry Hall, Communications & Public Information Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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