Get your skates on for Cracker places

PUBLISHED: 08:56 24 July 2015

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More than a quarter of the places have already been snapped up for Weston Athletic Club’s Christmas Cracker 10k race.

JUST two weeks after entries opened for this year’s Christmas Cracker 10k, more than a quarter of the places have been snapped up already, and runners are being urged to get their skates on to avoid missing out.

The annual 10k Christmas Cracker race at Weston, organised by Weston Athletic Club, always sells out fast and attracts runners of all abilities.

This year’s race takes place on December 6 at 11am, and all runners are encouraged to wear fancy dress, or at the least a piece of tinsel.

The route starts at the Grand Pier and covers a flat course along the beach, through Uphill and back along the prom before ending on the beach again at the Pier.

The club will also be organising a 10k training programme this autumn in the run-up to the event to help runners prepare for the race.

Jim Wotton from the club organises the programme: “Last year we helped 50 runners, many of whom had never run before, and some who were lapsed runners, to develop their confidence, fitness and technique with the goal of running the Christmas Cracker at the end of the training programme.

“I really would encourage anyone who would like to get into running, by working towards an achievable goal, to get in touch. It’s a great way to get started at the same time as a large number of other people who are all in exactly the same position.”

The Christmas Cracker training programme will begin on September 27 with sessions every Monday evening at 7pm, and optional sessions every Saturday at 8am.

A charge of £30 will be made at the beginning of the course and all the profits will go to Weston Hospicecare. All the coaches and leaders from the club give their time freely.

Entry for the race is available at www.westonac.co.uk/christmascracker and anyone wanting to sign-up or find out more about the pre-race training programme should contact Jim Wotton by email at jim.wotton@westonac.co.uk or by phone on 01934 814 208.

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