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Birchanger Wood 5k: Join the fairy folk for a fun run in woodland

Fun run in Birchanger Woods (9534209)
Fun run in Birchanger Woods (9534209)

Parents of pupils at two Bishop's Stortford schools have teamed up to launch a brand new running event – the Birchanger Woodland 5k.

The first in what is hoped will become an annual event to boost fundraising at Summercroft Primary School and Birchwood High School will be held on Sunday, May 19.

The event begins at 10am. Open to all ages, the 5k course starts at the entrance to Birchanger Woods, close to the high school off Parsonage Lane.

Groups of up to 30 runners will leave from the school at 10-minute intervals, to avoid congestion, until 11.50am. Runners should arrive 20 minutes before their allocated slot to register.

A clock will be on display to time the run, and "magical woodland creatures" will add interest as competitors make their way around the marshalled trail.

The £5 entry fee includes water and fruit.

There is also a children's 1k fun run and treasure hunt which is recommended for youngsters aged ten and under. After completing the run, kids can search for woodland creatures in a variety of habitats and collect a prize on completion, any time between 10am and 1pm. Tickets for the 1k run, which cost £3, are required for children only, not for accompanying adults.

There will be Ques Idea Mexican street food, The Dog House hot dogs, Mr Whippy ice creams, tea, coffee and juices available, as well as face painting and a bouncy castle.

Julie Gair, chairwoman of Summercroft's PTA, said: "As everyone is aware, all schools are feeling the financial strain and more and more they're relying on their volunteer-led PTA charities to raise funds for learning materials, and not just the non-essential extras they were originally set up for.

"We're really excited about this new event and have been busy behind the scenes getting everything ready."

To book and for more details, see www.ticketsource.co.uk before the closing date of May 16 at 1pm.

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