Run’s record field

Wetherby 10K Starting group
Wetherby 10K Starting group

RUNNERS are warming up for the prestigious Wetherby 10k run on Sunday.

And although over 900 competitors have already signed up for the race, organisers say there are still places left, which will be available from 11am to 1pm on the day.

“Runners from the Wetherby area have entered in droves in 2011 with 921 pre-booked entries and organisers Wetherby Runners and Wetherby Lions will draw on the experience of six years of hosting one of the town’s major annual community event,” said a spokesman.

“Honoured by the British Association of Road Races award of Gold Grading the race has also attracted athletes from as far as Birmingham, Strathclyde and Blackpool.”

Demand for race numbers for the Moores Mini Marathon has also been keen and many young athletes from around the region have also pre-entered on-line.

The 1.8 mile family fun run starts at 12.45pm and will take runners from Wetherby Racecourse along the Harland Cycleway towards Thorp Arch before returning along a private road and tracks to the gantry finish. Runners of all ages are welcome to enter on the day, at a cost of £3.50.

Co hosts Wetherby Lions have nominated The Army Benevolent Fund as their charity for the event and local celebrity runner Andy Mcmenemy, who recently completed 66 Marathons in 66 days in aid of the charity, will be running in the 10k race, which is sponsored by Moores Furniture Group.

The course takes runners along the new link road towards Moto Services before diverting to a farm track and the countryside around Loshpott lane.

At half way a drinks station comes at Kirk Deighton cricket ground where there will be the sound of the Highland Pipes courtesy of Alec Thompson and members of Leeds City Pipe Band.

The route then follows the A168 towards York Road Flyover and along the Harland Way before finishing at the gantry near the racecourse grandstand.

The main 10k race starts at 2pm on Sunday with the Mini Marathon at 12.45.