Sunderland karate instructors carry students in run

Teachers from the Deptford and Millfield Community Centre Karate Club are to carry smaller pupils on their backs as they all take part in the Race For Grace. They are seen here practising for the event.
Teachers from the Deptford and Millfield Community Centre Karate Club are to carry smaller pupils on their backs as they all take part in the Race For Grace. They are seen here practising for the event.
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A MARTIAL arts group will swap karate chops for piggy backs when they offer their support to a charity.

Kainan Karate Kai’s instructors, students and their parents are preparing to take part in this year’s Race for Grace, which will take place on Sunday, September 23, in Herrington County Park.

The tutors at the club, which meets at Deptford and Millfield Community Centre, will carry their students on their backs as they complete the three-mile course.

Assistant instructor Steve Johnson, 41, said: “Last year’s event was such a fantastic success we’ve decided to support this great charity again.

“Not only did we raise more than £2,000 for Grace House, it’s great to see our students hugely enthusiastic about raising money for charity as well as keeping fit and interested in sport.

“Our karate club student numbers have grown since last year, so we’re expecting a great turnout from the students again this year.”

This year, race organisers are encouraging runners and walkers to take part wearing fancy dress or, if they are part of a work team, to wear company-branded T-shirts.

Any corporate team of 10 or more will be offered the opportunity of using one of the numbered marshal points around the course to hand out information leaflets or goodies to people as they pass through.

Sunderland-born author Terry Deary, who is taking part in this year’s event, is also encouraging participants to come dressed as a character from any of the Horrible History books, with a team to be out to chose three lucky winners to receive signed copies from the series.

The course can be run or walked and is suitable for families with buggies and wheelchairs.

The race will start at 11.30am following a Mascot Race and a warm-up.

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

All those who take part will receive a medal and a goodie bag.

Anyone who would like more information about the event can call 516 6302, email info@gracehouse.co.uk or visit www.gracehouse.co.uk

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