Thousands of runners (and joggers) are set to hit the streets of Great Grimsby on 22 July as entries reach the half-way point in the 2018 Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k.
This year’s Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k will be bigger than ever after race organisers Tape2Tape upped the entry limit to 5,000 from last year’s sell-out 3,000.
With the lighter evenings and less than three months to go until entries close on 6 June 2018, now is the perfect time to sign up and start training for what promises to be one of the biggest town centre 10k races in the area.
Enter now at www.greatgrimsby10k.com for just £13 for affiliated running club members and £15 for unaffiliated.
The Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k is much more than a road race with £1 from every entry fee being donated to charity.
Almost £8,000 was donated directly to last year’s main race charity and hundreds of pounds were given to community groups who provided volunteers to help the event run smoothly.
The Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k provides hundreds of volunteering opportunities giving people valuable experience with references given last year to young people on the National Citizen Service.
Race director Nicola Pattison from Tape2Tape said:
It’s so exciting to see how the town has taken the race to its heart.
Who’d have thought it would have grown so quickly since 1,500 people lined up on the start line in 2016?
We’ve made a number of changes so we can now accommodate 5,000 runners and we can’t wait to see everyone on the town’s streets this summer.
Emma Toulson, Lead Stakeholder Advisor for Ørsted UK, said:
Over 2,500 people already signed up to this event is fantastic news and really underlines the great support we have from the local community.
It promises to be another memorable day, even bigger and better than before, and we’re very proud to be involved again and be able to show our commitment to Grimsby.
Cllr Jane Hyldon-King, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing at the Council, added:
I’m so grateful to everyone who has backed the Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k and helped it grow beyond all our expectations.
Look out for an announcement soon about the fun run where again we’ll be encouraging everyone to get involved and celebrate being active.
The fun run was really well supported last year, especially with the increased numbers of people with disabilities joining in. I hope this year even more will come on board.
Last year’s race saw the town transformed into a sea of day-glow yellow as nearly 3,000 runners proudly sported their race finisher shirts and medals after crossing the finish line in the picturesque People’s Park.
Leftover shirts were handed to a charity that works with children in Tanzania and a young baker was happy to get his hands on one. Fifteen-year-old Moses, who lives in a children’s home in the foothills of Killimanjaro, is a keen chef and had been taking work placements in a bakery and a hotel.
He had to cycle to the hotel and the journey took him about an hour but he didn’t have any lights.
Lynn Elliott, who founded the children’s home, said:
We were fortunate to be able to give him your bright T-shirt, which means he will be seen on the roads.
He was so pleased when we asked him to try it on and we knew it was meant for him.
As well as the website www.greatgrimsby10k.com, there are three social media accounts for the race where people are being encourage to share stories and photos using #GY10K, these are:
Entry fees have been kept low thanks to the generosity of sponsors, so far including:
- North East Lincolnshire Council
- Associated British Ports (ABP)
- Young’s Seafood
- North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
- Wilkin Chapman LLP
- Hobson Porter
- HMT St Hugh’s Hospital
- Metres to Miles
- Humberside Fire and Rescue
- Lincs Inspire
- Grimsby Institute