Popular races will go ahead

The Epic Aylsham and North Walsham 5K races will take on a different form this year so they can still go ahead despite the restrictions around covid-19.

Participants will be able to complete the Aylsham race any time between August 1 and 31, and those wishing to do the North Walsham run can complete it any time in September.

The races raise money for projects in both towns which are organised by Exercising People in Communities Norfolk (Epic) an organisation dedicated to improving lives through physical activity opportunities.

Organiser Steven Hitcham said: “2019 was the first year we organised these races and both were very popular, so we didn’t want to cancel the races this year. The profits from this year’s races will mainly go to providing physical activity provision for older people in Aylsham and North Walsham.”

Last year’s races generated more than £2,000 profits which were used to provide the set-up costs for Aylsham Runners, bought a bench for Aylsham Bowls Club, provided outdoor equipment for Aylsham Rec, gave sponsorship to one of the Aylsham Football teams, helped pay for the Aylsham Netball competition, adapted sports equipment for Your Choice day centre and adapted sports equipment for Barrington Farm day centre.

Steven added: “Despite the races not going ahead as planned in June this year, we hope we can still hold successful events and support both towns in becoming more active.”

There will be medals for participants as usual and they can be collected from Coxford’s Butchers in Aylsham and Papworth Butchers in North Walsham. They can also be posted.

Runners can complete the official routes or choose their own 5K route. It costs £13 to enter and entrants must be 11 or over. Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult when they complete their run.

Click here for the Aylsham route and here for the North Walsham one.

Times can be submitted via Total Race Timing where participants can also enter the race via https://totalracetiming.co.uk/race/157 for the Epic Aylsham 5K and https://totalracetiming.co.uk/race/160 for the Epic North Walsham 5K.

The event is being sponsored and supported by Coxford’s Butchers, Clarion Futures, Aylsham Growers, Ben Burgess Aylsham, Aylsham Runners, North Walsham Community Shop, Co-op, Waitrose, Dewing Grain, Cecil Amey and Papworth Butchers.

For more information visit the Epic Facebook page, on @epicnorfolk and by using the #epic5k.

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