Runners move fast to enter this year’s race

Runners and onlookers at the Bognor 10k race on Sunday, May 20''Pictures by Spencer Gale
Runners and onlookers at the Bognor 10k race on Sunday, May 20''Pictures by Spencer Gale

HUNDREDS of earlybid entrants have put their names down for this year’s Bognor Prom 10k road race.

More than 800 runners have made sure of their places on the starting line on May 19.

Most of them have entered online. Paper entry forms are also now available at outlets around the town.

The town’s biggest annual sporting event is again being organised by Bognor Hotham Rotary Club.

Press officer John Holman said: “All the usual features are in place for a large field.

“Regular followers know it is attractive for its generally flat course from West Park, following The Esplanade in both directions, travelling to the far side of Felpham.”

Last year’s race saw new men’s and women’s course records set. Tadele Geremew led the men home in 30mins 37secs and Linda Spencer was the first woman across the finishing line in West Park in 33mins 39secs.

But most of those who take part are there for the personal satisfaction as well as raising money for charity.

Some will use the race to benefit this year’s charity partner, L’Arche, with its faith-based community in the town for about 30 years supporting about 50 people with learning disabilities.

The Rotary club will top up all sponsorship raised for any good cause by using its official sponsorship form.

Go to www.bognorprom10k.org to enter or collect an entry form from sports outlets and the Observer office.

The 10.30am run will again be preceded by two junior fun runs on the promenade: 800m long for 8- to 11-year-olds and 1500m for those aged 12–14. Entry forms from Rebecca Fuller on 07900 947560.