This year’s annual Thames Chase 10k run at the Forest Centre will mark the first weekend of (meteorological) summer on Sunday 2 June.
The fourth annual run through the picturesque woodlands and meadows in the heart of the Community Forest will raise money for improving the accessible facilities at the Forest Centre.
The route takes in three laps of the recently re-laid paths at Forestry England’s Broadfields site in Upminster, and gives runners the chance to enjoy more than 130 acres of specially regenerated landscapes.
Participants in the 10k run will receive goody bags, with treats and gifts donated by the Upminster branch of Waitrose & Partners.
In addition to the 10k run, there is a family fun run over different distances – either 900m or 1,900m – around the meadows.
Bob Stevenson from the organising team, said:
“We’re delighted to get the summer started in style here at Thames Chase. Thousands of people are welcomed to the Centre and to the Community Forest each year, and the funds raised from the 10k and the fun run will further enhance the facilities on site.”
People wishing to take part in the 10k or family fun run can apply to enter online via the Thames Chase website (www.thameschase.org.uk).
It is £19 to enter the 10k run (£17 for affiliated runners), and £3 per person for the fun run – with a family special rate of £10 for a family of four.
All participants in the 2019 runs will receive specially-made medals from hazel that has been coppiced from within the Community Forest. Each medal is unique, just like our runners!
Winning times from last year
In 2018, John Booth won the men’s category with a time of 36 minutes and 44 seconds, and Joanne Smallman was the fasted female, crossing the finishing tape in a time of 44:51.
With the ever increasing numbers of people now taking part in Park Runs across Havering, East London and Essex, the team hopes that the weekend joggers who regularly take part in the 5k distances will be eager to step up to 10k for this special event.
“Our runners are collectively going to cover over 1,000,000 metres as part of the 10k and fun run, which is a phenomenal effort.
“The more metres that are run, the more that Thames Chase Trust can deliver in protecting and enhancing the Community Forest across Essex and East London, with over 650,000 living in or around the Forest.”
You can follow updates on social media and share your preparations for the event via the hashtag #ThamesChase10k.
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