Supported by NHS Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group and organised by Darlington Borough Council, the reintroduction of the Junior run has proved popular with four times the number of entries received so far compared to 2000 when the run last took place.
Organisers believe this is down to a complete revamp of the run which now has its own entry leaflet, and an expanded age range of 8 to 14 years rather than the previous 14 – 16 year old structure.
Junior runners will receive the same experience as the 10K runners, starting on the official start line and the now iconic High Row finish. The race is chipped timed so young runners can view their official time and even have it sent by text. There will be prizes for the top three male and female winners in their age categories and souvenir t-shirts for all the entrants.
Councillor nick Wallis, Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Environment and Transport, said:
“The revamped Junior race gives more choice to runners and is suited to youngsters who have outgrown the Family Fun Race but are not ready to take part in the longer 10K run. This gives them the experience of taking part in a real race without the pressure of the longer distance.”
The entry fee is £5, to enter visit www.healthydarlington.co.uk/10k
Held on the same day, The Sherwoods Vauxhall Darlington 10K Road Run 10K still features its young athletes 15 – 17 year old category, £8 entry. A Family Fun Race also takes place on the same day. Closing dates for entries for the Junior 3K is 31 July.