Commonwealth gold medallist and 100m women’s record holder Montell Douglas will start the Middlesex University Fun Run and Health Walk this year.
The Middlesex student will be on hand to set runners and walkers on their way around the picturesque grounds of the University’s Trent Park campus on Wednesday 25 May at 6.30pm.
Last year, the event raised around £3,500 for the charity Help for Heroes. This year, organisers have chosen Save the Children as the charity that will benefit. The groundbreaking Families and Schools Together (FAST) programme, which is run by Middlesex University, has recently teamed up with the children’s charity to help families and communities across the country.
The 5km run and 3km walk has become an annual fixture for students, staff and local people.
Mel Parker, head of sport at Middlesex University, said: “The Fun Run always brings individual runners and families together for a good cause and there’s always a great atmosphere on campus when we hold it.
“It’s great because anyone who doesn’t want to take on the run can walk through the beautiful fields and woodland of Trent Park, raising money for Save the Children at the same time.
“In past years the tigers, monks and even Elvis have been seen running across the campus, as people get into the spirit with fancy dress costumes, but the important thing is to take part.”
There are plenty of prizes up for grabs this year, with awards for the fastest times in several age groups, the best fancy dress and the best fundraiser. Participants can also enter as teams of three people, with the top three teams winning prizes.
Middlesex BSc Sports Rehabilitation students will also be on hand to offer sports massage after the event.