Heritage coast runners and walkers will help work of two charities

Entrants ready to start the 6 mile run last year at the Heritage Coast marathon, half marathon and r

Entrants ready to start the 6 mile run last year at the Heritage Coast marathon, half marathon and run event. Picture: SAXMUNDHAM AND FRAMLINGHAM ROTARY CLUBS - Credit: Archant

Organisers expect around 700 people to take part in a triple run and walk for charity through some of Suffolk’s beautiful countryside this weekend.

The Rotary Clubs of Saxmundham and Framlingham are holding their annual Heritage Coast Marathon, half marathon and six-mile fun run and walks on Sunday.

The event not only attracts local families, friends and organisations year after year, but serious runners from all over the country.

Organiser Owen Lower said: “We are very proud of our unique event as it provides for all categories of entrant whether they be runners, gentle joggers or walkers and it is a real family occasion.

“Importantly it provides a platform for many people to raise sponsorship for their own nominated charity or the charities that our two Rotary Club’s are supporting.

“Whether you are a regular entrant or a newcomer to the Rotary Heritage Coast Run/Walk please enter or come along to Thorpeness on Sunday to enjoy yourselves and give us your support, so that we in turn can help very deserving charities.”

Sunday’s event – the 36th annual – is supporting Riding for the Disabled at Woodbridge and SERV (Service by Emergency Response Volunteers) Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

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Riding for the Disabled’s horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities, offering activities such as riding and carriage driving to all age groups and, wherever possible, to people with any disability.

RDA have been carrying out their life-changing activities for over 25 years, relying on voluntary help and donations, or legacies, to be able to deliver their services.

SERV was set up to serve the NHS throughout the Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, delivering urgent blood and blood product supplies to hospitals out of hours, and at weekends. The charity also collects and delivers donated human breast milk to support premature babies in the maternity units in the two counties, and also supports other groups in delivering supplies to hospitals nationwide.

In addition, some of the money raised from the event will go to support other local and International Rotary charity needs.

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