On the 31st December, 400 runners will line up for the start of the 3rd Annual Twixmas 10k at Wicor Recreation Ground, Portchester. The race is a full for the 3rd year in a row, with runners travelling from all parts of the UK to take part in what is becoming the ‘must do’ race on the south coast over the festive period.
The course takes runners out along the coastal path, joining the Fareham Easy Access Trail and continues to the Cams Hall, where the runners turn around return along the path, to finish at the home of AFC Portchester.
The race brings down the curtain on what has been a busy year for Portchester based Rural Running, who have this year raised money for both local, and national charities, including Rowans Hospice and Blind Veterans UK, as well as supporting local runners with their own fundraising. In November, 600 runners competed in the Remembrance Day 10k at Fort Nelson, raising money for Forces charities.
Jeff Clark, owner of Rural Running, went on to say ‘without the support of Fareham Borough Council and the local community, none of our races would have taken part. The success of what we do is largely down to the runners, who continue to support us by entering our events. We try to make our events ‘all-inclusive’ by not imposing shut off times, and by making our events fun’.
Looking back over the past three years, Jeff admitted that things hadn’t always gone to plan!. In April 2016, their Hundred Acres Half Marathon went horribly wrong, when parts of the course was sabotaged, with direction signs being moved prior to the race start, leaving runners stranded in the forest!
Since then, their events have gone from strength to strength, with the majority of races filling up.
Rural Running’s charity partner for 2018 will be Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association.
Full details of Rural Running’s 2018 events can be found on www.ruralrunningevents.com