Two Merseyside based charities, Alder Hey Children’s Charity and Claire House Children’s Hospice, have been announced as the official partners of this year’s Grand 10K Run at Aintree Racecourse. The innovative event, scheduled for Sunday 20 September, sees competitors follow a route entirely within the grounds of Aintree Racecourse, home to the Grand National.
Both charities are dedicated to caring for seriously ill children and their families in and around the Merseyside area. Senior event fundraiser at Claire House Children’s Hospice, Mark Pearson, commented on their support: “Claire House Children’s Hospice is excited to be involved as a charity partner with the Grand 10K event at Aintree.”
Mark added: “In the past year we have supported over 250 families, many from the Liverpool area, and we hope that runners can take part in the Grand 10K and raise sponsorship for their local children’s hospice so that we can continue to care for people within our community that need us.”
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.
Chris Bird, chief executive of organisers Sports Tours International, added: “We are thrilled to welcome two of the North West’s biggest children’s charities as the official partners to this year’s Grand 10K Run. The work they do is fantastic and we are pleased to support them. Now into its third year, we’re looking forward to welcoming a record number of runners from Merseyside and beyond for what is sure to be a fantastic day.”
In addition to providing the opportunity for an autumn PB, registration for the event is priced at just £18, 0r £16 for non-club runners. Entry details are available here.