Entries open for new race
More than 120 people have already signed up for the inaugural Steeple Bumpstead 10k Race, which gets under way in the village a week on Sunday (June 21).
Organisers, who are using the event, which will also include a 3k fun run, to raise funds for Steeple Bumpstead Pre-School, have said they hope to make it an annual event.
Starting in the centre of the village on the Camping Close behind the Village Hall, the multi-terrain 10K course goes through a combination of grass tracks and private roads past the Elizabethan manor house of Moynes Park and into Birdbrook. A gravel track takes runners back towards Steeple Bumpstead, to follow the course of the Bumpstead Brook.
A final short loop and a downhill section brings the runners out on to the playing fields for a final lap.
The village hall has parking, changing facilities, toilets, first aid and the opportunity to leave bags, while there will also be car parking available on the playing fields as well.
Two water stations will be situated along the 10k route (one for the 3k route) with prizes for first, second and third male and female in the 10k race and first boy and first girl in the 3k fun run.
All competitors will receive a medal at the end of the race which will also feature refreshments and a barbecue.
Registration will be available from 9am on the day with entry fees as follows: over-16s: 10k: £9 (or £10 on the day) 3k: £5 (or £7 on the day), under 16s: 10k: £9 (or £10 on the day) 3k: £3 (or £5 on the day); family ticket for 3k is £15 – two adults and up to three children.
Entry to the 10k race is available via the Entry Central website: www.entrycentral.com/event/103319 and entry forms for the 3k fun run can be obtained from the pre-school website: www.steeplebumpsteadpreschool.co.uk
Thaxted Stoves, Haverhill physio, Iceni, Jet Garage, Manor Road, Haverhill and Kevin Henry have all helped to make the event happen through their sponsorship.