Entries are already open for the Ørsted Great Grimsby 10K – but you’d better get a jog on if you want a place on the starting line on 21 July.
People can sign up now at www.greatgrimsby10k.com for just £17 or £15 for affiliated running club members.
The Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k is much more than a road race, it raises thousands of pounds for charity and creates a wealth of volunteering opportunities.
This year’s event is set to be the greenest ever, as race organisers, working with headline sponsors Ørsted and North East Lincolnshire Council, take steps to reduce its environmental impact.
This includes ditching plastic goodie bags for race finishers, handing out half as many plastic bottles, and paper free race information.
Other measures also include cycling and lift sharing initiatives, and park and stride, encouraging people to walk and reduce their carbon footprint on race day.
And as with previous years, recycling bins will be placed along the route and at the finish line for plastic bottles.
Matthew Wright, Managing Director at Ørsted UK, said:
“We’re very proud to call Grimsby our home here on the East coast. There is a real community spirit which drives the success of the Great Grimsby 10k each year and we are delighted to be a part of it.
“This year we wanted to focus on making the event even bigger, better and greener. We’re extremely grateful to the army of volunteers who help make the Great Grimsby 10k such a success and we’d encourage everyone taking part or cheering on friends and family to help us achieve this goal.
“Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing our planet today and it is vital that we all take responsibility in protecting the place we call home.”
The 2019 Ørsted Great Grimsby 10K takes place on Sunday 21 July 2019 and starts at 10am outside Grimsby Town Hall.
There are 5,000 places up for grabs, making it one of the biggest town centre races in the region. More than 500 people signed up within a week of finishing the 2018 race.
A £1 donation is made from every race entry into a fund shared between the event’s charity partners – Harbour Place, RNLI, Marie Curie, St Andrew’s Hospice, Grimsby Rotary Club, The Health Tree Foundation and Inspire TCI.
Last year’s Ørsted Great Grimsby 10K helped raise around £15,000 directly for the seven charities from race entries, fundraiser places and other initiatives.
The total amount raised for charity is believed to be much higher after the many people taking part on behalf of charities are taken into account.
Hundreds of volunteering opportunities are also created for local people making the Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k much more than a race. Volunteers can sign up at www.tape2tape.co.uk/volunteer.
Race director Nicola Pattison, from organisers Tape2Tape, said:
“Our number one priority is to deliver a safe and enjoyable race for the runners, spectators and the wider general public.
“I’ve been overwhelmed by the fantastic response to the first three races from seasoned runners and first-timers alike.
“I urge anyone who has ever thought about running a 10k to just give it a go, even if you haven’t run before, there are lots of local groups and clubs who have regular groups for beginners.
“By reducing the amount of waste generated, we want to make this year’s Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k the cleanest and greenest yet. Let’s make it a #LitterFreeRace.”
The entry fees are kept low in comparison to other race events thanks to the generosity of the sponsors and all finishers are awarded a top quality medal and technical t-shirt.
Councillor Jane Hyldon-King, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing at North East Lincolnshire Council, added:
“I had a brilliant time at last year’s race and I can’t wait to do it all again.
“It was wonderful to see so many people, especially local disability groups, taking part in the fun run last year.
“This is a totally inclusive event that really brings people together and has become something I look forward to every year.”
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