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24 May 2013   Fancy doing something a little different with your family this Father’s Day?

Ellesmere Port is to host its first ever professional running event this summer, designed to cater for every member of the family on Father’s Day.

Taking place on June 16, the ‘Sport in the Port’ event will include 10 kilometre and five kilometre races and a free one-mile fun run and is being organised by Active Leisure Events – the team behind the hugely successful annual Chester half marathon and marathon.

Support for the event is already pouring in; with local councillors pledging funds and local businesses URENCO, Plus Dane Housing, Innospec and Merseyrail confirming sponsorship.

Local Councillor, Justin Madders, who contributed to the costs of setting up the first race from his Member Budget Grant and will run the 10k, said: “This event is a fantastic opportunity to bring a large number of people to our town and will really put Ellesmere Port on the map, whilst promoting healthy and active lifestyles.

“The organisers anticipate the event will initially attract 1,500 participants and at least the same number of spectators but are looking to see these numbers grow as the event establishes itself over the next few years – this is really positive news for Ellesmere Port.

“A number of local councillors, including myself, were delighted to be able to support such a positive opportunity for our town and I would encourage as many people as possible to get involved, either running in one of the events or volunteering to help out on the day.”

Details of each race (please see maps) include:
10k: Starting in front of West Cheshire College, through different parts of the town to finish at Civic Way, next to Civic Square. The race distance will be officially recognised and the timing is electronic.
5k: The run will start in front of West Cheshire College, and the route will overlap with the second half of the 10 kilometre route, with the finish at Civic Way.
1m: The 1 mile run will start on Civic Way, go through Whitby Park and finish at Civic Square. This event is free to all participants.

All finishers will receive a medal, goody bag drink and commemorative t-shirt.

The Council’s Executive Member for Prosperity, Councillor Herbert Manley, said: “News of this special event taking place in Ellesmere Port is absolutely fantastic for the town – bringing people and their families from far and wide and showing them what we have to offer.

“It is particularly relevant that the event is to be held on Father’s Day, encouraging families with members of all ages to spend the day together, having fun and getting fit – even pushchairs and dogs are welcome to join in the one-mile event.

“This is exactly the kind of event Ellesmere Port needs and deserves – Civic Square will become a hub of activity throughout the day and I hope visitors will take the time to explore the town and what it has to offer whilst they are there.”

The organisers plan to see participants in the event rise as the event establishes itself and grows in the next few years from strength to strength. The expected number of participants should grow from 1,500 this year to 2,250 in 2014 and in 3,000 in 2015.

In the lead up to the event a wide range of promotional activities will take place involving local communities, schools and voluntary organisations to encourage training and race entry or participation in organisation, stewarding, marshalling or support of the event.

Official road closures for the morning of the event will be put in place closer to the time and information will be made available for local residents to plan ahead.

For further information on the Ellesmere Port event, or to book a place in one of the three distance events, please visit the dedicated website ‘Sport in the Port at The race will be open for online entries from early March.

Prices are: 10k – £15, 5K – £12, 1 mile – free. There will be some opportunities for local people to access free places.