Gearing up to run

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The organisers of the popular Great East Anglia Run are due next week to officially launch this year’s event.

On Wednesday Bespak Managing Director Joe Barry is due to be joined by King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council Cabinet Member Elizabeth Nockolds, Borough Council Sports Development Manager and Race Director Roger Partridge and Peter Duhig, Secretary of Eastern Veteran’s Athletics Club and Assistant Race Director, to launch this year’s Bespak GEAR and Mini Gear.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, said: “This is our 8th annual Bespak Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR) and the 3rd Mini GEAR. It’s hard to believe just how popular this event has become. It’s a real fixture on the athletics calendar as well as being a firm favourite with local people who might be running for fun or to raise money for charity. We’ve had over a hundred entries for this year’s event already and we’ve only just launched our publicity activity.”

The Bespak GEAR is organised by the Borough Council and sponsored by Bespak. This year it takes place on Sunday, 5 May. Starting at 10.30am in the Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn, the fast, flat course takes runners on a loop through the town centre, through The Walks and along the waterfront, showcasing some of the town’s key heritage and retail areas.

Cllr Nockolds added: “The Grand East Anglia Run would not be possible without the support of event sponsor Bespak and the army of volunteers that help out on the day. I would like to thank them sincerely for their dedication and commitment over the years.”

Joe Barry, Managing Director of Bespak, said: “Once again, Bespak are delighted to sponsor the GEAR which continues to be a key event in King’s Lynn and one that attracts participants of all abilities. I would like to encourage as many people as possible to enter the race, volunteer to help on the day or come along and give everyone some encouragement. It really is an enjoyable day in the King’s Lynn calendar.”

Borough Council Sports Development Manager and Race Director Roger Partridge said: “This is my second year as Race Director and I’m really looking forward to it. This year, my focus will be on encouraging more people to get involved and take up running. This race has so much to offer for runners of all abilities - it’s fast, flat and wheelchair friendly and there is a choice of distances to run, so it’s ideal for beginners as well as experienced athletes.

“I’m also delighted to announce that this year, the Bespak Grand East Anglia Run is hosting the Eastern Veterans Athletics Club (EVAC) championships.”

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 £6.00 for adults, £5.00 for under 16s and £4.00 for under 8s.

Runners who are members of EVAC will be able to enter this event for an additional entry fee of £1, payable online at point of entry to GEAR (you will require your EVAC membership number).

The EVAC Championships are an individual event with male and female age categories in 5 year bands from 35 years upwards. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded in each category on the day of the event.

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

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