As you look back on the year following the festivities, you may now be looking forward to 2024 and pondering how you plan to spend it.
Whether it’s a New Year’s Resolution or something you’ve thought about for a while, why not blow away the cobwebs, grab a pair of running shoes, and breathe in the fresh air in preparation for the Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k?
Entries for the race will officially open from midday on New Year’s Day, so what better way to kick start the New Year? People can sign up at www.greatgrimsby10k.com. Entry includes a t-shirt, medal and cake!
The much-loved race will be returning to the streets of Grimsby on Sunday 2 June. The event will once again be starting at Grimsby Town Hall.
Whether you’re an avid runner or have recently taken up the sport, race organiser Tape2Tape, working with headline sponsor Ørsted, are encouraging as many people as possible to get involved.
The race, now in its ninth year, welcomes experienced runners right through to those who have never run before.
The popular event brings the community together for local good causes. It is much more than a road race as it raises thousands of pounds for charities each year and creates a wealth of volunteering opportunities.
The fantastic finish line event at People’s Park will also return, with a variety of stalls and activities. More information on this will be shared nearer to the event.
Always striving to be an environmentally friendly race, there will again be a recycling tent in the centre of the grass at People’s Park to enable race organiser Tape2Tape to recycle as much as possible during the event. There will be different bins for various items. Out on the route, they will be using only recyclable paper cups that will be collected and recycled by North East Lincolnshire Council’s street cleansing team. Do your bit and make a difference.
In the decade since it first came to the region, Ørsted has put Grimsby and the Humber at the very heart of the global transition away from fossil fuels to green energy.
Becoming fully operational in August 2022, Hornsea 2, which is just over 55 miles off the coast of Grimsby, became the world’s largest operational offshore wind farm. This marked a tremendous milestone for the offshore wind industry in the UK – and globally. Earth – our shared home – is precious.
Lauren Little, Senior Stakeholder Advisor at Ørsted, said: ‘Year on year, we see more people come out not just to run at the event but to support and volunteer and it’s a testament to how great Grimsby really is. I’m Grimsby born and bred and I pride myself on showcasing this amazing event to my colleagues across the world. We’re looking forward to the 2024 event and hope to see you there.”
Race organiser, Nicola Pattison, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with our headline sponsor Ørsted to bring this popular race back to the streets of Grimsby for the ninth year. We are also very grateful to the local businesses that support this event, helping us to create such a memorable occasion for the town.
“Since we started back in 2016, we have inspired around 25,000 runners to lace up their trainers and participate. This has been a fantastic way to help people move more, which has benefited not only their physical health but their mental health too.
“The other aspect is the volunteering side. This has been an amazing opportunity for local people, charities and community groups to get involved, raising their profile and giving something back to the area. It has also encouraged local young people to gain great new skills and confidence that they can take forward to future careers.”
Councillor Stan Shreeve, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing at North East Lincolnshire Council, added: “As someone who has run the race, and as we reach almost a decade of this much-loved event being brought to the town, I’m thrilled it is returning to the streets of Grimsby once again. It really has become a staple event in the town and something people look forward to. Our health and wellbeing are so important, so as we head into a new year, think about how you can look after yourself, get out in the fresh air, and maybe even pull on some trainers.”
If you cannot make the race, there is an option to run the 10k virtually in your own time.
Hundreds of volunteering opportunities are also created for local people, making the Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k much more than a race. Volunteers are critical for this event, so if you want to join the race crew, email [email protected] or sign up at www.tape2tape.co.uk/volunteer.
Along with headline sponsor Ørsted, this year’s event will be sponsored by North East Lincolnshire Council and Equans, along with other sponsors who will be announced in early 2024 once confirmed. The seven chosen local charities will also be announced in the New Year.
A £1 donation is made from every race entry into a fund shared between the event’s charity partners.
Any local business who would like to support the event in some way can get in touch at [email protected].
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Photo credit to Hayden Newbegin and Simon Yau.