Families invited to join in marathon effort for charity

Yeovil’s first Full Marathon promises to be an event for the whole family with activities including bouncy castles, a barbecue and a free Children’s Fun Run.

The aim of the whole event – which takes place on Sunday 14th June and is hosted by Yeovil Town Road Running Club – is to raise money for the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and the Yeovilton Military Wives Choir.

Yeovil Town Road Running Club Marathon group

Bryn Phillips, Event Organiser & Race Director at Yeovil Town Road Running Club explains more about the idea behind the Children’s Fun Run, “I wanted to make the Marathon a little bit different to most races I have been to. A lot of attention is always given to the athletes competing, which is rightly so, but what about those left at the start/finish areas that are there to support?

“With most races there seems to be no thought to the families waiting at the end for their partners to finish, and having children myself I know how quickly bored they get. My solution was to create and focus on the families as well, to do this we have created a Children’s Fun Run.

“I am delighted that South Somerset District Council and Tony Pryce Yeovil have chosen to sponsor this event. I am hoping that being able to make the Fun Run free that parents will be encouraged to get their children and hopefully themselves into athletics and sport.”

Haydn Potts from Tony Pryce Sports added, “Tony Pryce Sports are proud to be involved with Yeovil’s first full marathon and sponsor the children’s fun run alongside SSDC. We pride ourselves in helping to support key events like this that encourage individuals to push themselves and achieve a goal that means so much to them.”

Cllr Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at South Somerset District Council added, “We are delighted to support the Children’s Fun Run. It is an excellent idea to integrate the activities for young people and channel their enthusiasm and energy while raising money for very worthwhile causes.”

For further information on the Marathon visit www.yeovilmarathon.com