CHARITY runners are being offered the chance to run the Olympic Marathon route in a 10K race.
Although less than a quarter the distance of a marathon, the BUPA London 10,000 follows the planned route of the Olympic event through central London.
World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) is offering runners the chance to raise money for vital cancer prevention research and education work – and get free entry to the race.
Taking in the sights of Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Square, the route follows the Thames eastwards before winding through the City and heading back along the river to the finish line in front of Buckingham Palace.
The Olympics race follows three laps of the same route before finishing at the Games’ stadium in east London.
Lucy Duxbury, Fundraising Coordinator at WCRF, said: “This will give people the chance to experience what it will be like for the Olympic athletes and enjoy some of the same sights as them.
“I’d urge people to sign up for the race because not only will it be a great event, but it will be a chance to raise funds that can help us continue with our vital programmes.”
To race for WCRF, all you have to do is raise £150 sponsorship and there is no cost for signing up.
In return, runners get a goodie bag with a WCRF T-shirt and medal as well as the full support of WCRF’s Events Team, training and nutrition advice, a fundraising pack full of tips on raising cash and your own online sponsorship page.
BUPA London 10,000 takes place on Sunday May 27, starting at 11am.
Runners should call 020 7343 4200 or visit www.wcrf-uk.org/signup to race for WCRF.
Visit www.london10000.co.uk for full details of the race.