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St George’s Festival to stage two races

The St Georges day parade through Lytham last year

The St Georges day parade through Lytham last year

Planning for the fifth annual St George’s Day Festival in Lytham is now well under way – with a bigger programme of events than ever before.

This year’s programme will see the addition of “Run Lytham” comprising a 10km road race with total prizes in excess of £1,500, and a 3km Junior Fun Run.

This addition to the fun-packed five-day festival will take place on April 27 to coincide with the Family Fun Day on Lytham Green.

The race is being organised in partnership with Fylde Coast Running and sponsored by Lytham-based firm VetPlus. The prizes will range from £200 for the winners of both the men’s and women’s race; with a range of other prizes for the top five positions as well as the winners of each individual age category.

Race organiser Zack Cunningham said: “Lytham should be even busier than usual on the day with the draw of the Family Fun Day and a crowd that promises to give all the entrants a real buzz – not to mention some great prizes on offer.

“A welcoming flat course along the Green and through the town centre holds the prospect of some really fast times for the serious runner and good fun for the less committed.

”We want this to be the biggest race on the Fylde Coast this year and would encourage people of all abilities to rise to the challenge and get fit for the summer!”

All the entrance fees and sponsorship for Run Lytham will be donated to The Soldiers’ Charity to support the long term care of members of the armed forces seriously injured in Afghanistan and other conflicts.

St George’s Day Festival backer David Haythornthwaite added; “I am delighted that we have been able to add even more to an already busy St George’s Day Festival Programme. Both the 10k Race and the Fun Run should help to create a great last day finale, bring lots of visitors to the town and really boost our fund-raising for the Soldiers’ Charity.”

The St George’s Day Festival starts with an official flag raising ceremony on April 23 and events includes a golf day, tea dance, comedy evening, parade and black tie ball over the subsequent four days.

 

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