RUNNERS can gain free entry to an ultramarathon if they pledge to support the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).
The organisers of the Round Ripon Ultra 35 run have offered to waive the £39 fee to anyone raising a minimum of £200 for the Darlington-based charity.
The run, which combines stunning scenery and picturesque villages through the Yorkshire Dales, takes place on October 3. The 35-mile route will follow the northern section of the Ripon Rowel path, including a downhill stint through Studley Royal deer park, before coming back into Studley Roger.
Steve Adams, the head organiser of the event, said: “As well as helping my own charity, Teach Africa, which helps get the brightest children, living in Nairobi’s slums a place into secondary education, we thought it would be good to use the event to raise money for a local charity too. The Great North Air Ambulance Service has such a relevance to people who regularly use the fells in Yorkshire and many of the participants may unfortunately need their services in the future.
“120 people have already signed up and hopefully this number will increase come October.”
Participants must be aged 18 or over and can enter the race either individually or as part of a relay team.
The run will start at 9am at Studley Roger village hall in Ripon.
Parking is available 200 metres from the starting point and, for anyone looking for accommodation, Sleningford Watermill is offering 30 per cent discount for competitors and spectators between October 2 and October 4.
For more information and for registration click here.
To view the course map click here.