RUN it, jog it or walk it, but whatever way you chose to tackle Huntingdon s new race, just make sure all your friends and family have sponsored you to raise as much money as possible for good causes. The 10,000m race is due to take place on Sunday, June

RUN it, jog it or walk it, but whatever way you chose to tackle Huntingdon's new race, just make sure all your friends and family have sponsored you to raise as much money as possible for good causes.

The 10,000m race is due to take place on Sunday, June 20, which allows plenty of time to get in some training...and to get those sponsorship pledges.

The event, which in old money is just over six miles, is being organised by the Rotary Club of Huntingdon Hinchingbrooke, starting and finishing in the Huntingdon Racecourse area.

The route - which can be tackled by individuals or teams - will, weather permitting, be run on bridle ways and paths, avoiding busy roads where possible.

Bob Hulstrom, Rotary club president, told The Hunts Post there are 500 places up for grabs and that he would like to see some of Huntingdonshire's businesses putting their own teams together.

"Anyone can get involved in this by running in teams, running the course as a relay or as an individual - and we don't care if you walk it, we just want people to get involved," he said.

Mr Hulstrom, 57, and his wife Jane, 45, both regularly run 10k events and are already signed up to take part along with some other groups.

"There are still plenty of places left and we want to see some local businesses such Anglian Water and the Luminus Group putting teams in.

"This is a flat, easy fast course that can be tackled by anyone."

Huntingdon Stags Rugby Club is providing some of the marshals for the timed run, which starts at 10am, as well as opening its clubhouse after the race to allow entrants to enjoy a well-earned drink.

The entrance fee is £11 and the Rotarians will be donating the profits to a number of charities including the UK Deaf Blind Association and Young Carers.

Team Hunts Post is not quite raring to go, but will be pounding the 10k course to raise money for the New Life Appeal.

Editor Andy Veale and sports editor Mark Shields will be joining the fundraisers, and other Hunts Post staff will be having their arms twisted into tackling the course.

However, the more people who tackle the run on behalf of the appeal then the more money we will have for the special care baby unit and maternity services at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon.

All of the money raised will help pay for the refurbishment of SCBU - an area of the hospital which needs to be reworked to make it more comfortable for parents of the sick and premature babies which are cared for on the unit, and more useable for the staff who work there.

The New Life Appeal has already helped pay for improvements and for two new baby monitors at a cost of £10,000 each.

INFORMATION: To find out how to run for the appeal and for sponsorship forms, e-mail editor@huntspost.co.uk To enter the race visit www.huntingdon10kcharityrun.co.uk