Poltimore Pootle set for the green light

PUBLISHED: 10:24 08 September 2011

ENTIRES are now open for South West Road Runner's third race of the year, the Poltimore Pootle.

The 10.6k race follows on from last year’s inaugural event which attracted scores of runners to Poltimore House near Exeter.

This year there will be the multi-terrain 10.6k ‘Pootle’ as well as a 6km ‘Plod’ on Sunday, September 18.

The competitive runs are organised in conjunction with Poltimore House and form part of the house’s action weekend which looks to raise funds enabling slates in the Great Roof of the historic Grade Two listed building to be replaced.

Sponsors are the Shilhay Community, Ironbridge Runner and the Friends of Poltimore House.

Club spokeswoman Emma Pearcy said: “We had 70 competitors take part in the Pootle year, with Exeter Harrier David Wilkinson taking the top spot in his time of 47mins 37secs.

“It’s a great race with runners tackling a multi-terrain course around the grounds of a historically important building. We hope to top last year’s numbers and would welcome any runners aged over 17 for either the Pootle or the Plod.”

There will be prizes handed out to the three people who raise the most in sponsorship as well as prizes for first, second and third places in category. All finishers will receive a memento.

The race limit has been upped from last year but the club is urging people to get their entry in early to guarantee a place. Entries will be taken on the day and registration will be in the chapel at Poltimore House. The suggested minimum sponsorship for those willing to fund-raise is £10.

The entry fee for the Pootle or the Plod is £7 for affiliated runners and £9 for non-affiliated. The race starts at 10.30am. Entry forms are available to download at: www.swrr.co.uk.

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