Athletics - record field expected for Langtoft 10

Action from last year's Langtoft 10k.

Action from last year's Langtoft 10k.

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Langtoft could be welcoming a record number of runners to the village when its annual 3k fun run and 10k road race takes place on Sunday (May 3).

Entries have been coming in fast over the past couple of weeks, aided by the online entry system, and numbers for the 10k are already close to last year’s total.

Organisers hope to be able to accept entries on the day, at the playing fields off Manor Way. However, to avoid any disappointment, they are advising people to keep an eye on the Langtoft Road Run website at http://www.langtoftroadrun.btck.co.uk/ for the latest information.

The 3k, which includes a school team challenge, starts at 10.15am, with the 10k following an hour later. Both races start on West End and finish on the playing fields, with the 10k also taking in Greatford and Barholm.

Money raised from the event will be donated to local groups and organisations later in the year.

Interest around this year’s races has been boosted by the involvement of new sponsor Empire Gym, based in Church Street, Market Deeping.

The gym’s Matt Weston said he was delighted to be involved.

“As a resident of Langtoft and as direct witness to the extremely close nature of the community there, it has always been my intention that Empire should reinvest in the village and the local causes the Langtoft Road Run supports with the money raised.

“There will be established athletes, seasoned long-distance runners, but there will also be those who are using the run as part of a journey toward their own fitness goals and those who just love to run.

“All ages and genders will be represented, which fits with our ‘Empire For Everyone’ ethos.

“We are extremely excited and delighted that registrations appear to be at a record high for the event, and it’s been a pleasure working with the organising committee.”

Among those to look out for in the 3k will be two-year-old Lewis Hollowell, who was the first fun run entrant and will be raising money for Langtoft Pre-School.

He had been hoping to run but after breaking two bones in his lower leg last week will now be pushed around in a buggy by his mum Sarah.

Organisers hope to see hundreds of people lining the streets to cheer on Lewis and all the other runners in the 3k and 10k.