While the Grand 10K Run at Aintree has become known for its innovative round set within the grounds of the famous racecourse, it gives runners in the north west the opportunity to raise funds for charities close to them. For Joe Clarkson, the race will be particularly significant as he runs in memory of his father, Dave Clarkson who died within a month of being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.
With the support of his girlfriend, Elly Foy, and three friends, Joe will be fundraising for the Motor Neurone Disease Association at the event on Sunday 20 September. It is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning.
On choosing the Grand 10K Run, Joe explained: ‘’My dad was a dedicated runner who took part in many 10k runs and half marathons in and around my hometown of Liverpool. I have chosen to run this race because its local to me and I grew up watching my father run in many local races.’’
Graham Jackson, race director at Sports Tours International, added: ‘’Our races welcome many people running for a charity that is important to them. We would like to wish Joe the best of luck in raising money for this great cause."
Since being established three years ago, the 10k has become a popular fixture in the northern calendar and is expected to build on the 1000 runners who turned out in 2014. The course passes through some of the most famous names in British horseracing including The Chair and Becher's Brook and along the Melling Road. The exciting course is predominantly flat, perfect for runners looking to achieve an autumn PB.
Entries for the Grand 10K Run at Aintree are still open; registration details are available here.