If you’ve got the running bug after completing the Great Birmingham 10k, or need a challenge to boost your Great Birmingham Run training, you should consider making a short journey up the M42.
Situated just 38 miles from the city centre – that’s less than one-and-a-half marathons – the first-ever Great Donington Run will be under starter’s orders on Sunday, June 26.
The Great Run Company’s newest event, launched by motor racing broadcaster Suzi Perry, will be staged at Donington Park and features four distances suitable for runners of all ages and abilities.
Entries are still open for the 10-mile, 10k, 5k and Family Mile events when it will be soles, not tyres, coming into contact with the world-famous East Midlands racetrack.
The Great Donington Run will enable runners to take on a challenge in a summer festival atmosphere.
The event will be entirely themed around motorsports, with runners being waved off by chequered flags to the sound of revving engines.
Participants will have the opportunity to refuel at each of the pit stops around the course, which includes the iconic Starkey’s Straight, Coppice and Melbourne Hairpin.
BT motorsport presenter Suzi has urged runners not to miss the chance to take on a course more synonymous with burning rubber than calories!
“Getting the chance to run around Donington is what makes this event unique,” said Suzi.
“For me, it is the biggest selling point of the run and a great idea.
“It’s a good opportunity for the family to get together. It’s not competitive, it’s just about getting your kicks on and getting out there and having a laugh.
“There will be so much going on around the event too, with bands playing. It’ll be a real carnival atmosphere. There’ll be stuff for all of the family. It’s going to be one of those great days out.”
The Family Mile is open to children aged 5-15 years old (those aged between 5 and 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 year or over).
After finishing, children will be rewarded with a medal to recognise their achievement.
The day starts with the 10-mile run at 10am. Then it’s the turn of the 10k and 5k runners, who will get underway at 1pm.
The day’s final event, the Family Mile, begins at 3pm.
To enter, visit www.greatrun.org/donington
Press release issued by Edwin Ellis Creative Media on behalf of the Great Run Company