25 Oct

It Was Alright In The '80s

Age UK Exeter 10k Retro Run

Age UK Exeter had such a positive response to their ‘80s Retro Run 10K earlier this year they have decided to do it all again. The Age UK Exeter 10K takes place on Sunday, 18 March 2018 and the theme is once again everything we might prefer to forget about 1980s fashion!

This is the only 10k run to start in Exeter City Centre and the mainly flat and fast course takes runners through High Street, South Street and Western Way and down to the tranquil Exeter Quayside. From here there is a beautiful flat stretch beside rivers, through woodland and alongside canals, finishing at the impressive Piazza Terracina.
Age UK is celebrating 30 years of delivering life changing services to older people in Exeter. The Retro Run 10K is one of a series of events to mark the anniversary and there is something apposite about supporting the aged with a look back in time. All funds raised will help support over 5,000 older people and their families across Exeter and there will be a special medal for all finishers. 
Entries are open now with an early bird discount available. Runners are invited and if past experience is any guide do not need much persuasion to dress appropriately for the decade. Those who were not aware of 1980's fashion can choose from mum's neon jazzercize gear, leg warmers and fingerless gloves or dad's big, curly hair and super-sized medallion. Slogan T-shirts were all the rage and the punk subcultures were a licence to shock. Plenty there for fancy dress ideas!
Thankfully, the 1980s are also remembered as the zenith for British athletics success, with Dave Moorcroft breaking the world record for 5,000m (13:00.41) in 1982. Steve Jones has held the British marathon record (2:07:13) since 1985 and Paula Fudge set the inaugural IAAF world record for the women's 5,000m in 1981 (15:14.51).
So dig out your brightest gear and celebrate a time when Britain ruled the world of distance running despite some rather questionable hairstyles. Race details are available at Age UK Exeter 10k