In the running for record entries

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AN appeal is being made for runners across the region to sign up for a charity race as organisers hope to register record numbers for one of the area’s most scenic sporting events.

Those taking part in this month’s Druridge Bay 10K are also being offered the chance to attend two training days before the event. The run, now in its fifth year, takes place on Sunday, May 29, and is raising money for the RNLI.

Jan-Marie Claridge, one of the event organisers, said the lifeboat charity was chosen for its close community links.

“Druridge Bay is served by Amble RNLI and the town is a very close community which has had the lifeboat station at its heart since it was established in 1842,” she said. “The RNLI is a charity that relies on public donations to operate and so we think this is the perfect way to show our support and gratitude to their volunteer lifeboat crews both locally and nationally.”

The run is open to competitive athletes, joggers and walkers over the age of 13, although U16s need to be accompanied by an adult. Numbers have grown steadily since the event began in 2007 and this year it is hoped that more new runners will sign up.

As the sole beneficiary of this year’s run, the RNLI has lent its support by providing a registration form on its website, meaning participants can sign up by logging onto the official Druridge Bay 10K website as well as on the RNLI website.

This year, all entrants are being offered the chance to train with qualified Run in England coaches before the big day.

Two training sessions will be held on May 14 and May 21 and will last around two hours. Those wishing to book a place must contact Jan-Marie though the Druridge Bay 10K website.

There is also a beginner’s running group held every Tuesday at 6.30pm. Send the Druridge Bay team your details via the form on the event website and the committee will contact you with further details. These sessions are £2 per person.

Entry for the race is £15 in advance or £17.50 on the day.

Visit www.druridgebay10k.org.uk or www.rnli.org.uk/druridgebay10k to sign up for the race or the training sessions.