Sign up for Bay 10K

AN appeal is being made for runners across the region to sign up for a charity race as organisers hope to register record numbers for one of the area’s most scenic sporting events.

The Druridge Bay 10K, now in its fifth year, takes place on Sunday and is raising money for the RNLI.

Jan-Marie Claridge, one of the event organisers, said the lifeboat charity was chosen for its close community links.

“Druridge Bay is served by Amble RNLI and the town is a very close community which has had the lifeboat station at its heart since it was established in 1842,” she said.

“The RNLI is a charity that relies on public donations to operate and so we think this is the perfect way to show our support and gratitude to their volunteer lifeboat crews both locally and nationally.”

The run is open to competitive athletes, joggers and walkers over the age of 13, although U16s need to be accompanied by an adult. Numbers have grown steadily since the event began in 2007 but this year it is hoped that more new runners will sign up for it.

Jan-Marie said: “Last year was our first wet weather event with almost monsoon-like conditions. It was the hardcore runners who turned up, but even so, 448 runners crossed the finish line.

“We did have more than 600 runners in 2009 and, as we are now an established event in the North East sporting calendar, we are really optimistic about exceeding those numbers this year.”

Entry for the race, which starts at 10.30am, is £15 in advance or £17.50 on the day.

For more information and to sign up for the Druridge Bay 10K, visit www.druridgebay10k.org.uk or www.rnli.org.uk/druridgebay10k