Festival run ready for the off

By Tristan Harris 17/02 Updated: 17/02 14:37

PLANS have been mooted for a new nine-mile run in Droitwich, which will take place as part of this year’s Salt Festival, The Standard can reveal.

The event, which will be open to all ages and abilities, will be held on September 16 and will see participants run or walk the course that starts at the Gardeners Arms and takes them out, through picturesque Hanbury, and back to the pub.

And if its successful the run, which is the brainchild of Gardeners Arms licensee Simon Berry, could be extended into a 21-mile extravaganza around the recently revamped Worcestershire Ring stretch of canals.

Mr Berry first contacted Wychavon District Council about the possibility of holding a 21-mile run and hopes it will become a reality next year, the nine-mile event is being used as a pilot to gauge interest

The proposals for the event were discussed at a meeting at The Gardeners Arms on Wednesday (February 15), which was also attended by representatives from Wychavon District Council and Droitwich Athletics Club.

As well as the running and walking event, it is also hoped there will be a number of stalls from local organisations offering health advice to residents.

Mr Berry told The Standard the initial meeting was very encouraging.

“It was good to get people together who have positive attitudes towards the community and this event.”

And of his hopes for the 21-mile Worcestershire Ring run he said: “We want to get a regular run established which will put Droitwich on the map.”

Janet Yates, Droitwich Spa Area Partnership Manager for Wychavon, said an event like this was a fantastic way of making use of the revamped Worcestershire Ring as a recreational asset.

“Organising something that makes people get out and about along the canal paths is a great way of doing that,” she added.

Andy Pitt, Wychavon’s active communities co-ordinator, said this year’s event was going to be just the start to realising the great concept of organising an event around the 21-mile Worcestershire Ring, which was not just for boaters.

And Peter Robinson from Droitwich Athletics Club also welcomed the event.

“We are excited to be involved with this project.

“Our runners are always looking for new routes and events,” he added.

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