Runners lace their shoes for charity run

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More than 700 runners from across the county will take part in an annual race for charity in a bid to raise much-needed funds.

The annual Cransley Hospice Road Race has been a big success for 11 years in raising money for the hospice and organisers are looking to break records for the number running and the amount raised on Sunday, September 16.

The hospice raised about £20,000 last year and is hoping to beat that in a bid to pass the £200,000 mark for the total amount raised over the past 12 years.

Cransley Hospice in Kettering provides specialist care for people with life-limiting illnesses in Northamptonshire and many of the runners who are taking part in the event have had family members cared for at the hospice.

Raising £20,000 is enough to fund the hospice for a whole week and with 650 adults and 60 children getting ready to run organisers are optimistic their target will be reached.

Fundraising manager for Cransley Hospice, Di Patrick, said: “People are running in memory for a loved one, for people locally and further afield and for weight loss also.”

She added: “It’s a challenging well-run event so it appeals to serious runners also, people from all over the country take part.”

The race takes place at Cranford. The half marathon starts at 11am with a junior nine to 14-year-olds fun run starting at 10.15am as well as a shorter 10k race.

For those who do not wish to run, the village hall, in St Andrew’s Lane, will be open with food and drinks stands along with an icecream van in the village.

Registration for the run is still open and the entry fee in advance is £15 or £18 if entering before 10am on the day.

All entries for the road race can be sent to Cransley Hospice, St Mary’s Hospital, London Road, Kettering, NN15 7PW.

For more information about the event contact Di Patrick on 01536 527407 or email diana.patrick@nhft.nhs.uk.