Last year, a record-breaking 1,461 people took part in the Littlehampton 10k, raising around £60,000 for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice. The sell-out event – now in its 16th year – was such a success, that this year it is returning as the Littlehampton 10k & 5k, with a new 5k route to encourage more people to get involved.
Taking place on Sunday 8 September on Littlehampton beach promenade, the 10k route passes through residential Littlehampton, Rustington and Mewsbrook Park. The run attracts a variety of participants, from individuals and groups of friends to corporate groups and running clubs.
From keen runners pushing for a personal best to people taking part in fancy dress, it is an event for both experienced and first-time runners. And even more so in 2019, with a shorter 5k route on offer.
Andrew Battley, Events Fundraiser for Chestnut Tree House said: “The Littlehampton 10k is very special to Chestnut Tree House as it was our original fundraising event, which has been running as long as we have.
“The event is in its 16th year now, and we wanted to try something new to see if we can get even more people involved. We hope that introducing a 5k option in addition to the existing 10k route, will appeal to first-time runners, or those who have been put off by the distance in previous years.”
One team taking part is hoping to attract 200 runners and raise over £20,000. ‘Team Essie’ is led by Lorna and Steve Cobbett, and inspired by their triplet daughter, Essie, who sadly passed away aged 18 months in August 2017. Dressed in bespoke red t-shirts, Team Essie have played a prominent part in the Littlehampton 10k for the last two years, with 119 runners in 2017 and 172 last year.
Andrew Battley continued: “We need to raise £6,850 every day to pay for all the specialist care services provided by Chestnut Tree House, both at the hospice and in families’ own homes. So, please, sign up today. Make this a year for crossing the finish line. For yourself. For local families. For living. For the Now.”
Registration costs £18 per person for the 10k (minimum age 16 years) and £12 for the 5k (minimum age 14 years). Find out more at www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/10k