Rush of entries for this year's Derby 10k race 'down to new year's resolutions'
PLACES are filling up fast for this year's Derby 10k race.
Since entries opened eight weeks ago, 900 people have signed up for the event, which has places for 4,000 runners.
Places have sold out for the last six years. This year's event is on Sunday, April 28.
The organiser, charity Sporting Futures, said that there had been a flurry of entries since the new year.
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Hannah Curzon, the event coordinator, said: "The new year has seen an increase in people entering the Derby 10k and 3k.
"We are attributing this to people making new year's resolutions to get healthy and keep fit and having something like our event to train and aim for is great way of achieving that."
There are some changes to the course this year, with the finish line being closer to the spectators.
Hannah said: "We are really looking forward to this year's event.
"The finish within Pride Park Stadium has changed so spectators can sit closer to where the runners finish and friends and family can cheer them on to the finish line."
As well as the 10k, there will also be a 3k route – open to families – which competitors can walk, jog or run, as well as a 3k self-propelled wheelchair race.
All three races will start at Pride Park Stadium, the home of Derby County.
All participants for the three events will gather there for the start, where there will be activities and stalls to entertain spectators.
Incorporated within the event will be the business team challenge, in which teams of runners from local businesses can sign up to race together.
This is sponsored by Cooper Parry, a business advisory company.
All the profits from the three races will go directly to Sporting Futures, a charity that 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.
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 the 10k 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.
Are you taking part in the Derby 10k this year? Call Sophie Evans on Derby 291111 ext 6501 or e-mail sophie. email@example.com.