Tuesday - May 16, 2017

Special presentation for those who have run all ten races

Last call for entries to the Bayer Newbury 10k

Tenth anniversary race entries closing shortly
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The start of the 2016 Bayer Newbury 10k

Reading, 16 May, 2017: With just days to go before the closing of entries for the 2017 Bayer Newbury 10k, organisers are urging runners to send in their entries in time for the closing date on May xx.


Up to 1,000 men, women and children are expected to line up for the 10km race or its associated junior races on May 28, which is set to be a very special event this year as it celebrates its 10th anniversary.


Race director, Becky Elsmere, of Newbury Athletic Club, said: “We are very proud of what we have achieved in the last ten years: from a total of 453 finishers in 2008 when we first started, to almost 1,000 now – including the introduction of two races for under 16s – the race has doubled in size and is one of the most anticipated events for runners in the local sporting calendar.”


Every runner who takes part in the event this year will receive a tenth anniversary souvenir, and there will also be a special presentation for at least six runners who have competed in every Bayer Newbury 10k race since 2008.


These include regular, Jenny Kitchen, who was born and brought up in Newbury, and whose first ever 10k was the Bayer race.  She said: “I always have to do it.  Last year I ran with a hip injury – but I had to do it!”  Jenny, whose parents live near the race route, will have great support this year as they come out to cheer her on. 


Paul Stratton, has also done all the races so far, and even lives along the route of the race, while another regular Dave Titcomb, from Whitchurch, on the Berkshire Hampshire border, described it as “the best locally supported race on the running calendar”.


“It’s a great race to support, and because I was involved a bit in the organisation of the very first one, I feel very much a part of it,” he said.


Also making a welcome return are the firemen of Newbury, who after their heroics of 2015, when they went round the course dressed in full firefighting kit and breathing apparatus, have this year decided to run round carrying a nine-metre rescue ladder.


The 10km race and two junior races, for under 16s and for 5-11s, start in Newbury Market Place and take in a mixture of roads and paths, including picturesque sections through woodland and along the Kennet and Avon Canal.  There will be great support for all the runners, and among the cheerleaders will be the special guests of the day, the Town Mayor and Mayoress of Newbury, Councillor and Mrs David Fenn, along with chairman of West Berkshire Council, Mr Quentin Webb.


The tenth anniversary is also special because it is hoped that the amount raised for charity since the race started in 2008 will break through the £100,000 barrier.  All entry fees from the race are donated, and this year the two organisations benefiting will be Naomi House and Jacksplace, and Newbury AC.


Bayer’s head of corporate communications, Simon Greenstreet, said:  “So far the race has generated over £93,000 in entry fees alone, not to mention the thousands raised by runners over the years for charities close to their hearts.  It really is a great event, so please do come out and support it – get your entries in now if you haven’t already done so, to help is get to £100,000, or come out and cheer on the runners on May 28!”



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