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Baldock 5k Rat Run returns for second year

PUBLISHED: 14:05 29 August 2019 | UPDATED: 14:05 29 August 2019

Hollinton Health - previously Sports Therapy 4 U -  has organised the 5k event in Baldock for the second year in a row. Picture: Hollinton Health

Hollinton Health - previously Sports Therapy 4 U - has organised the 5k event in Baldock for the second year in a row. Picture: Hollinton Health

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Last year saw the first Baldock 5k Rat Run take off from Whitehorse Street, which raised more than £1,220 for Garden House Hospice Care - and this year, organisers hope to raise even more.

Trophies and medals were made handed out to participants. Picture; Courtesy of Samantha HollandTrophies and medals were made handed out to participants. Picture; Courtesy of Samantha Holland

The Rat Run route takes participants through the north of Baldock, a tunnel under the railway bridge and onto the beautiful Ivel Springs - a road and trail route with gates and stairs to contend with.

In 2018, the team received many great reviews from people who enjoyed the scenery and admired the team of marshals and organisers.

This year's event will include live music from acoustic duo Why Not, a bouncy castle, face painting, sweet cart. kids' games, a raffle and the Baldock Scouts will provide a barbecue.

Each participant receives a medal and a goody bag and there are trophies for the first, second and third-placed men and women.

Runners eagerly waiting to start the race on Whitehorse Street. Picture: Courtesy of Samantha HollandRunners eagerly waiting to start the race on Whitehorse Street. Picture: Courtesy of Samantha Holland

Organisers at Hollinton Health - formerly Sports Therapy 4 U - have teamed up with 'Baldock Beats Waste' and have decided to make this event as green as possible.

Rather than participants receiving the usual plastic bottle of water, compostable cups and water dispensers will be provided.

There will also be bins for food waste and plastic to ensure people are able to recycle everything possible.

Hollinton Health - previously Sports Therapy 4 U -  has organised the 5k event in Baldock for the second year in a row. Picture: Hollinton HealthHollinton Health - previously Sports Therapy 4 U - has organised the 5k event in Baldock for the second year in a row. Picture: Hollinton Health

Hollinton Health said: "The race will have chip timing, and all are welcome to join in the beautiful route including walkers, joggers and runners.

"We also have our mascot 'Timmy the Rat' running the route - can you beat him?

"By taking part or turning up, you will be able to help us raise as much money as possible for a local charity that assists the local community in their time of need.

"Many of us have experienced someone close to us or someone they know that has used or us using the services of this wonderful charity. Here's our chance to give something back to the community and have fun at the same time.

"For those seeking a fun, community orientated experience with focus on enjoyment and smiles, you can't beat the Rat Run!"

The race will take place in Baldock on Sunday, September 8. It will begin at 9am in Whitehorse Street.

For more information and to sign up, go to baldock5k.com.

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