Get fit for run and family day

Harpur Run and Fun Day
Harpur Run and Fun Day

Bedfordians are being invited to get active for The Harpur Run and Fun Day at Priory Country Park later this month.

A 5k run, which is being supported by The Bedford Harriers AC, and officially started by Olympic Gold Medallist Tim Foster MBE, is just one element of an all-day sports themed public event and one of the highlights of the charity’s 450th anniversary celebrations this year.

Open to everyone living in Bedford and surrounding areas and with an array of sports activities and tasters, the free event on Sunday, May 22, is expected to attract around 3,000 people.

As well as the 5k fun run around the lake and surrounding countryside there will be a 1k kids run plus climbing, orienteering, mini golf, den building and an inflatable assault course.

Priory Sailing Club will be offering a variety of water sports as part of their annual open weekend and students from the University of Bedfordshire will be on hand to measure your fitness levels.

Local bike shop Flamme Rouge are offering free safety checks to anyone who cycles to the event and they will be exhibiting a selection of bikes. Stage demonstrations will include line dancing, street dance and cultural dance as well as performances from the Queen’s Park Fusion Choir. Pupils from Elstow Lower School will provide Maypole dancing entertainment and a variety of charities and local health related businesses will be exhibiting and giving free advice, whilst students from the Bedford College run Brookes Hair and Beauty salon will be offering free mini treatments.

Chief Executive of The Harpur Trust David Russell said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer this event to the people of Bedford and beyond, as part of our anniversary celebrations. Providing recreation is one of the objectives in our grant making, and we hope that this event will help to provide people with the opportunity to get active, try something new, to get good advice from sports and fitness experts and most of all, to enjoy a fun day out with family and friends.”