Runners in King’s Lynn

This Sunday (May 5) runners will be taking to the streets of King’s Lynn for the annual Bespak Grand East Anglia run.

Around 1700 runners are expected with a further 550 entries for the Mini-GEAR Fun Run. The race will set off from the Tuesday Market Place at 10.30am looping through the town centre, through The Walks and along the waterfront.

Roads, including London Road, King Street and Queen Street, will be closed from 9.45am until 12.30pm while the race is in progress. The Tuesday Market Place will be closed to vehicles from 8am until 2pm. Details of all road closures can be found on the race website www.grandeastangliarun.co.uk.

All car parks in the town, except Tuesday Market Place and Common Staithe Quay (behind the Corn Exchange), are open and can be accessed while the roads are open. Visitors planning to arrive after 9.45am or leave before 12.30pm should use the Multi-storey, Albert Street Car Park, Austin Street, Austin Fields, Old Cattle Market (Sainsbury’s), Blackfriars Street or Juniper car parks as these will all be accesible throughout the event.

The Tuesday Market Place will be buzzing with stands and stalls, including Pilch Sports from Norwich, who are also donating spot prizes for the event, Charming Rewards, Norfolk Hospice, Macmillan, Benjamin Foundation. Scotties Little Soldiers, King’s Lynn Rotary and RAF Recruitment. KLFM will also be broadcasting live from the event. Springwood High School’s top musicians will be spreading themselves around the GEAR course to entertain the runners as they go by. A string quartet in The Walks, a swing band in the Vancouver Centre and possibly something rockier too.

The King’s Lynn Samba Band will be going full tilt outside the Bank House on the South Quay to spur the runners on their way.

It’s not too late to enter the event. Entries must be online and can be submitted until Friday, 3 May. The Bespak GEAR is a UKA and BARR Gold-Graded event. The cost of entry is £17 for affiliated runners and £19 for unaffiliated runners. To enter, runners must be aged 15 or over on race day. The Bespak Mini GEAR is open to anyone over 6 years of age (under 8s must be accompanied by an adult). The cost of entry for Bespak Mini GEAR is £6 for adults, £5 for under 16s and £4 for under 8s.

There are generous cash prizes for Bespak GEAR category winners and everyone taking part will receive a quality medal and goody bag.

Enter online now at www.grandeastangliarun.co.uk.