Nestled in the village of Grantley in North Yorkshire, the Fountains 10K is one of those events that epitomises the virtues of a local race – interesting course, strong support from the community and guaranteed sell-out each year.
The upcoming event, scheduled for Sunday 2 April, has already reached capacity with 400 runners signed up. Those competing will tackle an undulating and mixed-terrain route starting from Grantley, near Ripon, that moves through scenic moorland within Nidderdale.
Organiser Mark Reed, who picked up the role of race director this year, believes the increased awareness of the event via social media has resulted in such a swift sell-out – the quickest in the 10K’s history. Part of this push has allowed Mark to advertise what participants can expect in an exciting goody bag, enticing prizes for those competing at the top and an array of 'spot' prizes for those who 'encapsulate' the fun of the Fountains 10K.
All of the funds - £10,000 is the target - will go to Fountains Primary School. Mark said: “It is their biggest fundraiser and it means so much to the children where 100 turn out in for the 2K Fun Run. We have already secured £2,000 to go directly to the school and will hopefully be able to raise more.”
You can view more information on the Fountains 10K here.