Diverse Abilities Plus, the Dorset-based charity that provides a lifetime of support to children and adults with varying disabilities across the county, has seven places remaining in the forthcoming Great South Run, the world’s leading ten mile running event. The charity’s fundraising team is appealing for keen runners to take part, on Sunday 28 October in Southsea, Portsmouth, and to raise funds for Diverse Abilities Plus.
The long-established running event attracts thousands of athletes, celebrities and runners every year, and over £30 million pounds has been raised for charity over the years. The ten mile course is fast and flat, and during the run participants can enjoy the rich naval heritage and iconic sights of Portsmouth which include Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth Cathedral, the Spinnaker Tower and HMS Victory.
Thousands of supporters line the course every year, providing additional motivation for the runners and helping to create an upbeat and inspiring atmosphere. Musical inspiration will also be provided by Bands on the Run who will be performing along the route, and the event is televised on Channel 5 television.
To participate in the Great South Run for Diverse Abilities Plus, charity fundraisers are asked to raise a minimum of £175 in sponsorship and to pay a £20 entry fee which covers the cost of a running vest, medal on completion of the course, a finishers pack and accurate chip timing. The charity can also provide support to participants including ideas to help boost sponsorship and valuable training advice.
To secure your place please contact Sharon Wells at Diverse Abilities Plus on 01202 718266 or email email@example.com. Alternatively send your name, address and event details together with a cheque made payable to Diverse Abilities Plus. Once received, the charity will supply a full fundraising pack and sponsor forms. Runners who are already registered to take part in the event but who have yet to nominate a charity can still participate in support of Diverse Abilities Plus by getting in contact with the charity in the same way.
Due to its success, the Great South Run has now developed into a weekend-long event. It encompasses a Junior & Mini Great South Run and since last year, a 5k run, providing further opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get involved. These events will take place on Saturday 27 October.