Here at runABC we understand that all children are potential Superheroes with extraordinary powers but the runABC collective eyebrow was raised when we heard of plans for hundreds of youngsters to complete a half marathon in the leafy Surrey suburbs. Read on to discover the full story behind Run Reigate and the new and exciting Canon Kids Race, a half marathon for kids aged 4-15 years.
The Run Reigate team is working flat out to bring seven races to Priory Park on Sunday, 18 September. Entries are pouring in for the half marathon, 10k and kid’s races. Potential Olympians (in 2036) aged four and five years will bring the programme to a thrilling finale as they complete the ultimate 1.1 miles of their own odyssey, having already logged 12 miles at school or in their own time.
There will be five kids races from 12 noon within Priory Park for up to 2,000 youngsters and all will receive a quality technical T-shirt, goody bag and the same half marathon medal as the adult road runners for an entry fee of just £12.
This is the third year of Run Reigate and the event has grown exponentially. Race director David Kelly said: “We are excited about this year’s Run Reigate as we have more than 100 schools signed up to support the Canon Kids Race and we expect to exceed last year’s total of 4,000 runners in the 10k and half marathon. There will also be 20,000 people in the park creating an amazing atmosphere."
The Move Revolution Kids Active Zone - with completely free and adrenaline filled challenges - plus the popular Food Festival Village will return and there will be live music on the ‘esure Stage’ to ensure a great day out for the whole family. On a practical level runners will be pleased to hear there is plenty of parking within a few minutes walk and the 10k and half marathon are held entirely on closed roads. Reigate was awarded silver in the 2015 Running Awards for the best half marathon in Britain and has raised £350,000 for charity in two years.
For full details visit the Run Reigate website