Get on your marks to Race for Grace

Author Terry Deary at the launch of this year's Race For Grace in Herrington Country Park, Sunderland.

Author Terry Deary at the launch of this year's Race For Grace in Herrington Country Park, Sunderland.

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DRESS up and have fun.

That was the message from author Terry Deary at the launch of this year’s Race for Grace fund-raiser.

The annual three-mile fun walk or run will raise cash for Grace House, the North East’s first stand-alone children’s hospice, named after city youngster Grace Jones, from Barnes.

Terry, a long-standing supporter of the charity, called on people to turn out in force for next month’s event.

“This is the race I look forward to every year,” he said.

“It’s a happy race and so many of the people taking part are an inspiration to me.

“I have dressed up today as my Horrible History character, Victorian villain Dr D.

“And if anyone would like to come dressed as a character from any of the Horrible History books there will be a team choosing three lucky winners who will receive signed copies from the Horrible History series.”

Appeal founder Kathy Secker said: “We’re recruiting entrants for this year’s Race for Grace our charity flagship event of the year.

“If you’ve already taken part you’ll know how much fun it is.

“You can make it as competitive as you like or you can saunter around the course at your own pace chatting with your friends.

“It is a great family outing and we’d welcome your support.”

The race is being held at Herrington Park on Sunday, September 23, at 11.30am and will follow the fun mascot race and the traditional warm-up.

All entrants will receive a medal and goody bag.

Race entry is £7.50 for adults, £3 for five to 17-year-olds and free for under-fours.

To take part call the appeal office on 516 6302, email at info@gracehouse.co.uk or visit www.gracehouse.co.uk.

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