Athletes are celebrating after the Wetherby Run 10k this week won a prestigious accolade from the British Association of Road Races.
The Bill Reynolds Memorial Trophy was awarded to the popular event, which was first organised by Wetherby Runners AC in 2006, for being the most improved race in 2013.
Race director Rob Gray said: “Co-race director Willie Allen and I are delighted for the club.
“Our Gold Grading is testament to the work put in by club members to enable runners of wide-ranging abilities to enjoy a great community event for Wetherby.
“In a short period of time we have come a long way to have established one of the most well respected and popular races in Yorkshire and the region.
The award will be presented to the club at the London Marathon in April this spring and Mr Gray said all at Wetherby Runners AC will be very proud to be part of this great race.
“We will be proud to accept, on behalf of Wetherby Runners AC, the award at the London Marathon in April.”
BARR, which is an accreditation body under the governance of England Athletics, seeks to improve race management and safety for those taking part in road and trail races.
The mission statement of the organisation is ‘to make British road running the best in the world in terms of organisation, development and performance’.
Mr Gray added: “For Wetherby Run to win this award is a massive boost to the race and to the people of Wetherby and surrounding areas, many of whom will be seen cheering runners on during the race in August.
“Being a fast course means that runners from all over the region see Wetherby in a very positive light.”
The race, called A Cracking Little Yorkshire run by the organisers, starts and finishes on Wetherby Racecourse attracts fields of about 1,000 runners.
This year’s event, which will raise funds for the Friends of Alfie Martin charity for the transportation of critically ill babies, will be staged on August 31 and entries will be taken from March 31.
But organisers have urged interested runners to get a sprint on so that they do not miss out on a place.
“The 2014 cracking little Yorkshire run is bound to be a sell-out,” added a spokesman.
Sponsors are also being sought for the race booklet which will be posted out to all entrants before the race.
Log on to www.wetherbyrunners.co.uk for entry information and more on sponsorship.