Organisers of this year’s Banbury Run are urging more primary schools to take part as the event draws nearer.
Banbury Harriers Athletics Club have said the popular Banbury 15 will be on Sunday, March 9 and set off from Spiceball Park at 10.30am. The one-mile or two-mile memorial run, in memory of former Banbury Guardian editor Paul Bithell, will be open to all ages and starts at 10.40am.
All proceeds will go to Katharine House Hospice. Mike Hughes, organiser, said: “We’ve already had five teams from Bishop Loveday School for the fun run, which is great, but we’d love to have 25 or more teams taking part.
“It is a great chance for children to get involved in running in a fun environment.”
Entry forms are already available on the Banbury Harriers website and the run costs £12 to take part. The one-mile and two-mile race is free, although there will be a donation bucket.
Mr Hughes has already visited most of the schools in the area in an attempt to increase participation numbers and aims to get schools competing for a trophy, with medals for the top three teams.
As part of the entertainment on the day, there will be a speed bounce challenge which will feature performances by Banbury United player Wayne Blossom and Banbury Harrier Tori Harte. Members of the public will be invited to guess the total number of bounces, which will involve Wayne and Tori jumping over small obstacles, with the person who is the nearest receiving a £25 voucher from Star UK Travel.
BBC South news presenter Jerome Sale is being lined up as a guest starter. For more information on the Banbury Fun Run or to download an entry form, visit www.banburyharriers.org/banburyrun.asp