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Children invited to run for health, fun and charity at the Cumbernauld 10k

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 23:00 GMT on Monday, June 10th, 2013.

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THE Cumbernauld 10k is fast approaching and the organisers behind the annual event, held at Broadwood Stadium, have urged children to step up to the mark and have fun, get fit and raise money for charity.
 
This year’s Cumbernauld 10k event is scheduled to take part on Sunday 22 September, and includes 1k runs for P5 to P7 kids and a 3k event for S1 to S4 pupils, with a number of prizes up for grabs –with the top three runners in each race to receive a medal and trophy from the event’s organisers.
 
Schools have also been encouraged to get involved with the event, with schools who present the highest number of entrants for both the 1k and 3k runs due to receive a trophy, donated by the event’s charity partners the Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments and the Scottish Spina Bifida Association (SSBA), and a day out at Broadwood Stadium for the P5 to 7 classes.
 
The school drive is also accompanied by a first time incentive for the event’s top fundraisers, with the SSBA offering three special prizes - including an iPod Touch - to the top three fundraisers for the charity, from the 1k and 3k races.
 
Commenting, Clare Cogan Turner, Assistant Director of Fundraising for the SSBA said: “As one of the highest incidences of spina bifida is right here across Lanarkshire, we wanted to get children involved in fundraising which will directly impact the lives of those living in their own community. We hope this competition will be a great incentive for the 1k and 3k runners to get involved with our vital work.”
 
Children wanting to raise funds for the Association should visit www.ssba.org.uk/cumbernauld_10k or call their Fundraising Team on 01236 794508 for information and official sponsor forms.

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The Cumbernauld 10k event is run as part of a partnership between North Lanarkshire Council and North Lanarkshire Leisure Ltd, in conjunction with NHS Lanarkshire and Campsies Centre Cumbernauld Ltd with additional support from Strathmore Spring Water and the Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle.
 
“Our 1k runs are always great fun, with 250 children taking part last year,” said Councillor Jim Logue, Chair of North Lanarkshire Leisure Ltd “…and for secondary pupils, the 3k is an opportunity to experience a real race and record an official time.
 
“The whole event is a fantastic way to introduce children to running as a way of keeping fit and healthy, so I hope even more parents and schools will encourage pupils to take part.”
 
To register for the race, go to www.q-busters.co.uk, call 01236 437756 or find the application forms at www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/cumbernauld10k.
 
The Scottish Spina Bifida Association is the only specialist charity in Scotland providing a lifetime commitment of support services, training and projects for everyone affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus. They have to raise £1 million annually with less than 1% in government funding so your fundraising support, through any race, can help them change lives, in your community. For sponsor forms, fundraising packs or more information, call 01236 794508, email fundraising@ssba.org.uk or visit www.ssba.org.uk.
 
The Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments supports children and families affected by cerebral palsy. Vital fundraising provides valuable services: nursery/primary school classes, parent/baby sessions, family and sibling support, hydrotherapy and flexible access for families. For more information visit www.craighalbert.org.uk/fundraising, call 01236 456100 or email kirstenbruce@craighalbert.org.uk.
 
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