Race for Grace 5k returns to Sunderland: Fancy having a go?

Grace House obstacle race preview. Front, charity's Karen Maclennan
Grace House obstacle race preview. Front, charity's Karen Maclennan
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The Race for Grace charity event is back in a different guise - with plenty of obstacles for its participants to overcome.

The fund-raiser, in aid of Sunderland respite centre Grace House, will use the same 5k route at the city’s Herrington Country Park, using hard standing pathways suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.

Grace House obstacle race preview. Front, charity's Karen Maclennan

Grace House obstacle race preview. Front, charity's Karen Maclennan

However around the course there will be spectacular fun obstacles for runners to negotiate and a special toddler bouncy included too.

Karen Maclennan, fundraiser said: “I’m delighted to bring back our Race for Grace 5K fun run and so excited that we’ve introduced the fun obstacle challenges throughout the course.

“We’ve made sure that it is totally child friendly and kept the same course so that anyone wanting to come along to do a 5k walk or fun run can still do so too by keeping to the hard-standing pathways.”

Karen added: “We’ve also tried to keep the entry fee as low as possible with children aged 10 and under able to take part free of charge and those 11 and over charged only £10.

“As part of that we are asking that everyone taking part raises additional sponsorship money.”

Members of the BNI Promenade group, which Karen goes along to every Tuesday morning at The Marriott Hotel in Seaburn, were among the first to sign up.

Cheryl Leighton, 34, a mortgage advisor from Approved Mortgage Solutions Ltd who are based at the BIC in Sunderland, said: “I signed up with my son Ryan, who is also taking part in the Junior Great North Run for Grace House straight away. “We are looking forward to going through the obstacles and having a fab time.”

Helen Trueman, 37, from The Concept Group, a subsidiary of Xerox, has just returned from doing The Royal British Legion 10K Major Series, is also taking part in a skydive on April 8 as well as the Obstacle Challenge and the Great North Run in September for Grace House.

Helen said: “I hear Karen talk about Grace House every week at our weekly meetings and straight away wanted to fund-raise for them.

“I have two small boys myself and love it when we can do events like this together.”

You can register for the Race for Grace Obstacle Challenge, which will be held on April 30, by phoning the Grace House fund-raising office on 525 2885 or going online to www.gracehouse.co.uk.