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Charity launches running events for all

A range of running events, designed for everyone from beginners to experienced runners, has been launched by Exeter City Community Trust.

The organisation, which is the partner charity of Exeter City Football Club, stages its events alongside the River Exe and on Dartmoor.

It has now announced its new season of events, which begin this autumn with its Halloween Five and Ten mile event on Sunday October 29, starting at Piazza Terracina on the Quay and following path through Riverside Valley Park. It’s a perfect event for those who are ready to move on from 5k, and, with 10 weeks to go, there’s plenty of time to train and prepare.

The Halloween Run is followed by the ever popular Santa Run, which sees hundreds of Santas dashing through Exeter High Street and this year takes place on Sunday December 3, 2023.

Exeter City Community Trust organises running events to generate revenue for the work it does across the Greater Exeter area, from wellbeing activity to supporting some of the most vulnerable in our community.

In recent years it has developed its offer and improved its race village enhancing the experience for participants and their supporters. It has also added a number of distances to its race calendar, making its events accessible for all abilities.

Jamie Vittles, chief executive of Exeter City Community Trust, said: “Over the years we have been delivering running events we have listened to our participants, and we aim to stage events which offer a challenge for people of all abilities. The revenue generated from our events goes towards supporting our work in the community, so we are grateful to everyone who takes part and, of course, to our generous sponsors and volunteers who give up their time to support us.”

The running events are sponsored by Tozers LLP, HSBC, Exeter Live Better and Radio Exe. Exeter City Community Trust also works with four selected charities a year, offering free places to runners who fund raise for them. The current charity beneficiaries are Exeter Leukaemia Fund, Children’s Hospice South West, Alright Mate? CIC and Julian House.

The events in the 2023-34 programme are:

Halloween 5 & 10 miles – October 29, 2023

Exeter Santa Run – December 3, 2023

Exeter Half Marathon – February 10/11, 2024

Granite Way, 10 & 20 miles – March 10, 2024

Exeter Live Better Marathon and Community 5 mile – May 12, 2024

Exeter 10K River Run – June 28, 2024

For more information visit www.exetercct.org