After watching the brave runners cross the line in scorching heat at the recent London Marathon, now is the chance to get inspired with an event much closer to home.
Spring has finally arrived and there is now less than two weeks away until Run, Walk or Push against Dementia returns to Knole Park on 13th May, helping to raise funds for Dementia services in the Sevenoaks District.
The timed 3, 5 and 10k courses are suitable for everyone from parents with pushchairs to seasoned runners, with even dogs welcome to join the hundreds of runners as they make their way through the beautiful grounds of Knole.
Participants need to sign up before online registration closes on Wednesday 9th May however, there will also be the opportunity to sign up on the day if spaces are available.
Organised by the Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Community Forum, the event raised over £4,500 last year which helped fund dementia friendly projects across the District, such as the new Forget-me-not café in Knole, providing support and companionship to those who are living with memory issues or dementia.
Entry for the 3k and 5k runs is £13 for people aged over 16, and £5 for under 16s. Both distances are suitable for beginners, children and people with pushchairs. Ages four and under go free.
Entry for the 10k run is £18 and is intended for keen runners and not open to under 16s or people with pushchairs.
Everyone who crosses the line will receive a commemorative medal and entrants can take advantage of a 10% discount in Up&Running in Sevenoaks.
Sevenoaks District Council Chairman, Cllr Larry Abraham, says: “We can’t all run like Mo Farah but we can all do our bit to raise some money for Dementia services across the District. The beauty of this event is that it really is for everyone, you can take any of the courses at your own pace along with the whole family and even the dog!
“There’s no need for the little ones to miss out either, with pushchairs encouraged to join us in the fight against Dementia.”
Elaine Ferris, who co-chairs the Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Community Forum with Symone Salwan, adds: “Like last year, we’re expecting a huge surge in registrations in the coming days so if you haven’t signed up yet, do so quickly before we hit capacity. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at the starting line!”