RUNNERS are taking over running of the biggest public sporting event in Bognor Regis.
The Bognor Regis Tone Zone Runners are leading the organisation of the Bognor Prom 10k race for the first time, in partnership with its founding organisation, Bognor Hotham Rotary Club.
The 24th staging of the race will take place along the town’s seafront on May 20, 2018, under the leadership of race director Judith Bazeley.
The race is fully licensed with England Athletics and there are 2,000 places.
David McManus, race entries secretary, said: “Last year we had 1,850 entries. This year we are looking to exceed that and we continue to publicise the race through social media and other means.”
Those who line up at the start in Silverston Avenue will see a number of improvements on race day compared with previous years to make it more enjoyable for them, families and friends.
This include a revamped race village to enhance the experience on the day, a new medal design, a goody bag to enjoy and race photography along the course for pictures to purchase to provide a reminder for runners of their achievements.
The 2018 race charity is Dementia Support. Ms Bazeley said: “Each year, the Bognor Prom 10k nominates a charity to work with and for 2018 we have chosen Dementia Support, who are doing amazing work supporting people with dementia and working with the community to make West Sussex dementia-friendly.”
Sally Tabbner, the charity’s chief executive, said: “It’s great to be supported by two prominent community organisations – Tone Zone Runners and Bognor Hotham Rotary.
“Working in partnership will raise awareness of the disease of dementia, and it will also help us promote the new Dementia Support Hub, which is due to officially open this May. So, the timing couldn’t be better.
“Everyone running and raising money for Dementia Support will be helping provide sustainable dementia care for people in the West Sussex area.
“The hub will be a unique facility where all dementia services will be accessible under one roof.”
The race was begun by Bognor Hotham Rotary Club in 1995 and organised solely by its members until 2017. They then formed a partnership with the Bognor Regis Tone Zone Runners.
This year’s race sees the Runners lead planning and organisation for the first time.
That is taking place on the back of a record-breaking year in which 1,574 runners finished the seafront course back in Silverston Avenue.
The race was won by James Westlake in the men’s category in 31min 47sec and Johanna Spannagl in the women’s in 38:50.
As with previous years, there will be junior fun runs for 7-11 and 12-14-year- olds across 800m and 1.5km along the seafront before the main race.
See bognorprom10k.org for entry forms.