THE Great Bristol 10k today announced the addition of a brand new Family Mile to the popular city centre running event on Sunday 15 May.
The inclusive Family Mile – for runners aged three and up – is designed to help families enjoy getting active together. The course will be based around the main event village at the Harbourside, so lots of supporters and spectators are guaranteed.
The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, has been nominated as the official local charity of the event and participants will be encouraged to fundraise for this important local cause.
Representatives from The Grand Appeal were present at today’s launch and were joined by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Claire Campion-Smith as well as representatives from another local charity Smile with Siddy and the popular This Mum Runs running group and their children.
Suzanne Maverick, community and events fundraising manager at the Grand Appeal said: “We’re thrilled to be the official local charity of the Family Mile at this year’s Great Bristol 10K.
“It’s a great way to encourage mums, dads and little ones to be active together, all while raising vital funds to help Bristol Children’s Hospital care for sick children from across the south west, and further afield.”
The Great Bristol 10K has recently become part of the Great Run Series, who stage popular junior running events at many of their city centre locations across the UK.
Tom Westman, event manager of the Great Bristol 10K said: “We’re really pleased to be able to include a family element in the event this year. It’s so important to encourage children to enjoy being active from a young age.
“The event will start and finish at the main event finish line, hopefully we’ll inspire some young runners of the future to take on the 10k in years to come.”
Flora Cahill set up the charity Smile with Siddy, after her son passed away from neuroblastoma at only 17 months old. They raise money to increase awareness, and fund research and treatment for this rare form of cancer. She attended the launch with Siddy’s Godmother Naomi.
“We have lots of people already running for us in the 10k and this is a great opportunity to get our young supporters involved, I’d promised my daughter Ruby I’d run a race with her this year, so she’s really excited,” said Flora.
Mel Bound, founder of the This Mum Runs group said: “With a running community of around 2200 Mums in the Bristol and Bath area I’m sure the Great Bristol Family Mile will be something a lot of them will be keen to get involved in.
“It’s a great motivator to get kids active and gives mums and their children a goal to train towards together.”
Entries are still open for the Great Bristol 10k, Bristol’s biggest running event with 12,000 participants.
The entry price for the Family Mile is £7, for more information or to enter the Family Mile or the Great Bristol 10K visit greatrun.org/bristol10k.