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Record turn-out predicted for Hoylake 10k
THE organisers of Hoylake's annual 10k charity coastal fun run are predicting a record turn-out for this year's event.
Hundreds have now signed up for the event, now in its 19th year and taking place three weeks today, Sunday, September 9.
All proceeds will go towards the Wednesday Special Needs Club's Soft Play Sensory Resource, which is based in Hoylake Community Centre.
So far, 420 people have registered to take part and there is still plenty of time to join them. The deadline for postal entries is Friday August 31. Last year 669 people took part, raising more than £9,000.
Race secretary Carla Williams told the Globe: "The number of entrants this year is very good so far. I don't want to tempt fate but I'm confident that we could reach a record this year.
"The deadline for postal entries is August 31, but we always get people registering on the day. So if you haven't signed up yet, I would encourage you to do so. But if you miss the deadline, you can still come along on the day."
The event starts outside Hoylake Community Centre in Hoyle Road at 11am.
Participants will follow a course along the promenade, dropping off the Meols embankment for a short distance, through the car park by Leasowe Lighthouse and back onto the embankment towards Leasowe Castle Hotel.
At the 5k marker, runners return back along the same route.
Putting them under starters orders last year was Wirral West MP Esther McVey.
First man to cross the line was James Mulvaney, 33, who finished in 34 minutes, 46 seconds.
First woman to finish was Lisa Grantham, from Wirral Athletics Club, in 37 minutes, 58 seconds.
Following last year's run, Carla Williams said: “Considering there were quite a few events taking place at the same time, such as the Great North Run, I was very pleased with the numbers.
Entry forms for this year's race are from Carla on 0151 625 9505 or by emailing: email@example.com More details about the Wednesday Club or Soft Play Sensory Resource are from www.wsnc.co.uk