Race to enter the Derby 10k starts now – don't miss your chance to take part
RUNNERS, walkers and wheelchair users can now sign up for the 2013 Derby 10k.
Entries to the 10k run, 3k walk-jog-run and the 3k wheelchair race are now open, well ahead of the April 28 race.
The event, now in its 12th years, is organised by Sporting Futures, a Derbyshire-based charity, which hopes that the London 2012 Olympics will encourage more people than ever to sign up and get fit.
Event manager Richard Kay said: "The race is very popular and is growing from strength to strength, with places selling out for the past six years.
"Entering as soon as possible to guarantee your place is recommended."
The start venue for the three events is the home of Derby County, Pride Park Stadium.
All the participants for all three events will gather there before the start, where there will be lots of activities and stalls to entertain spectators in the Race Village.
Mr Kay said: "As always, it is guaranteed to be a fun day for all the family to come along to.
"After running through the heart of Derby city centre for the Derby 10k or along the River Derwent for the Derby 3k walk-jog-run, the finish line will be spectacular.
"Participants will come down the finishing straight at the side of the pitch in Pride Park Stadium to the roar of spectators eagerly awaiting their arrival."
The event also incorporates a Business Team Challenge – where teams of runners from local businesses can sign up to race together.
This is sponsored and organised by Cooper Parry, a business advisory company.
All profits from the three races will go directly to Sporting Futures.
The charity works with partners to reduce the risk of crime and anti-social behaviour throughout Derbyshire communities by encouraging targeted young people to participate in physical recreation.
People wanting to take part can enter online on the new Derby 10k website, www.derby10k.co.uk.
Anyone who enters before Christmas Day will be entered into a draw to win a pair of New Balance running shoes, courtesy of specialist running shop The Derby Runner.
And registration prices will rise in April 2013 – so sign up early.
Four thousand people took part in the event last year and 4,000 places are up for grabs again in 2013. A further 1,000 places for the 3k walk-jog-run on offer.
The Derby 3k wheelchair event will start at 9.10am, the 10k – including the business team challenge – will start at 9.30am and the 3k walk-jog-run will start at 11am.
Entries for the 10k are not accepted on the day.
Runners who are affiliated to an athletic club can enter for £18.
For unaffiliated runners, the cost is £20.
Individual entries for the 3k race is £5.50 and a family ticket costs £16.50 for four people.