Runners young and not so young at the Gavin Tipper 5K

Get set for the Gavin Tipper 5K

A popular midweek race which is open to youngsters as well as seniors.

The Gavin Tipper 5K takes place this month (21 June) where junior runners are encouraged to race against the seniors in a friendly setting. They enjoy a swift run on grass – with possibly a PB in their sights - and all proceeds go to the charity Action Heart. 

There is an inclusive ethos at this 5K, held in memory of Gavin Tipper, a former member of Dudley Kingswinford RFC and later chairman of Black Country Triathletes who sadly passed away in 2007. This annual race is a testament to his passion for sport and the benefits it brings to people whatever their ability in a welcoming setting.   

It is one of three events organised by Dudley Kingswinford Running Club, the others their DK10K and New Year’s Day Handicap. In addition to this is a Beginners course where new runners get free entry into the Gavin Tipper 5K and the opportunity to put their 10 weeks of training to the test.       

Starting at 7.30pm, participants aged 12 and upwards complete three mainly flat laps around the pitches at Dudley Kingswinford Rugby Club. There are a couple of banks to deal with but nothing major and marshals will cheer everyone to the finish. 

This race is well supported by local clubs such as Tipton Harriers and competition will be fierce for places and prizes. The Couch to 5K graduates get their first taste of racing in a safe and supportive environment and the desire to continue in the sport.          

If you are looking for a good, midweek blast then give the Gavin Tipper 5K a try. Enter via the StuWeb Events website.

Image courtesy of Helen Noke. 

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