Berkshire’s premier road race, the Royal Berkshire 10K is set to return to Green Park again in May 2018. Sponsored and supported by Green Park since 2013, the region’s most family friendly and colourful running event offers the perfect opportunity for the whole family to lace up their running shoes!
Featuring the Green Park 3K Mini-Marathon, Family Mini-Mile and School’s Challenge, the RB10k has something for everyone. Started and organised by Chris Sumner of Racesolutions, the schedule for the day is designed to offer an exciting event which can be enjoyed by the whole family, with race timings allowing parents to run with and support their children before the 10k race starts. “We are passionate about producing exceptional running races that inspire people to run, our aim is to offer every runner, no matter their age, speed or goal, a sense of achievement, and lots of fun. We had over 2,500 runners at this year’s race, 1,200 of those taking part in our School’s Challenge. Our youngest runner in the Mini-Mile was 2 years old and our oldest runner who completed the 10K race was 77, that’s quite a triumph for both!” said Chris.
Children from The Heights Primary School, Caversham have taken part in the Mini Mile for the past three years, with around 80 runners representing their school last year alone. Accompanied by younger siblings, parents, grandparents and some super keen young runners who hadn’t even started at school yet! “It’s been a brilliant event to get the children active, and shows them they can rise to this kind of running challenge in a really happy and supportive atmosphere. It’s also meant they’ve raised thousands for The Heights Primary PTFA as well as other local charities including Reading Family Aid, Caversham Good Neighbours and Launchpad Reading. We can’t wait to take part in 2018 and would love to see more local primaries join in the fun!” said Mrs Patterson from The Heights.
Through partnering with 2 local charities per year, the event has already raised over £200,000 for local causes. Launchpad who work to prevent homeless in Reading, were one of the official charity partners for 2017. “We had 20 runners on the day including our Patron Lord Carnarvon, 9 year old Lucy and 6 year old Oscar who ran his first ever ‘mini mile’! It was a beautiful sunny day and our team raised over £12,000 to help prevent homelessness in Reading” said Sophie from Launchpad. Dingley’s Promise who provide life-changing support for children with disabilities and additional needs under 5 are also official charity partners for 2018 “We are over the moon to be partnering with the Royal Berkshire 10k. We have some keen runners already planning to enter the race in support of our work and we are excited to be joining the family fun on the day” Said Sarah from Dingley’s Promise.
The 10K Course offers a great running experience for all abilities. Starting and finishing by the lake in Green Park, the 10K course is run on closed roads which loop Pingewood Lakes. The course is flat with good surfaces and few twists and turns making it perfect for faster runners looking for a Personal Best (PB). New course records were set for both male and female categories in 2017. Johnathan Holmans completed the course in 32minutes, 28 seconds, closely followed by elite female athlete Lily Partridge at 34.06, slightly behind her own PB of 33.03.
The 10K race also caters for those runners who are new to running or less experienced. Scenic countryside, two support stations keeping the runners hydrated, bands, entertainment and supporters all help to keep the field motivated on route. A team of pace runners are also on the course at five-minute intervals helping runners to monitor their speed and go that little bit faster if they wish.
The Green Park RB10K and Family Races take place on Sunday 20th May 2018 at Green Park, Reading. If you would like to find out a bit more about the event, or enter please visit www.royalberkshire10K.com or contact Sarah, our Fundraising Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org