DOCTORS from across all three Whitchurch general practices are swapping their stethoscopes for running shoes as they prepare for the Sir John Talbot’s School Whitchurch 10k road race next month.
The race – on Sunday, April 9 – is expected to bring in hundreds of entrants to the town, from fun runners to those wanting to record personal bests.
The doctors – from Bridgewater, Dodington and Claypit Medical Practices – are urging people to take part in the race as a way of boosting their own fitness and supporting a great cause in Macmillan Cancer Support.
Dr Tim Lyttle, from Bridgewater, in Bridgewater Street, said: “The Whitchurch GPs are enthusiastically supporting the run.
“Not only is this a great community event around our market town it is an opportunity to promote the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle.
“Exercise is much more than shedding pounds and increasingly research recognises that exercise can often be better than pills.
“While such an event will encourage some residents to increase their fitness levels to enable them to run 10k this year, we hope the event will inspire many others to increase their levels of physical activity.
“As well as running, there are lots of other local exercise options to enjoy.”
Dr Lyttle added he has faced his own issues with weight and poor fitness in the past and has since adopted a healthier lifestyle and increased his physical exercise through running and cycling.
He will be joined by doctors Andrew Rogers and Ruth Clayton from Dodington, while Dr Martin Sullivan from the newly-opened Claypit Street will also be running.
They will all be aiming to complete the run in times ranging from 45 minutes to an hour.
The Sir John Talbot’s School 10k run organised in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and main sponsor Grocontinental is expected to attract 500 runners, in addition to the children’s Fun Run which will also be taking place on the day.
Hayley Alldridge, the race director, added: “I have been overwhelmed by the response and generosity of our event sponsors and the community in helping to make our first event happen.
“This is an inclusive event for the whole family to enjoy with children’s fun runs taking place on the school field, with a bouncy castle, face painting and refreshments being served while we wait in anticipation for the first runner to cross the finish line.”
The closing date to enter the race is March 26. If you would like to be involved in the day either as a runner or a volunteer, head to www.sirjohntalbots.co.uk
For more on the benefits of running, head to www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/ whybeactive.aspx