Watford 10k launched at Vicarage Road

On Wednesday evening February 22nd, at the Watford vs Bristol City game, the Watford 10k race 2011 was officially launched. Organisers and sponsors of the event gathered together to promote the race with adverts being displayed on the big screens and in the match programme, and photos being taken on the pitch.

 The Watford 10k, now in its 14th year, is organised by the Watford Round Table and Watford Mencap to raise money for the two charities. Watford based Camelot UK Lotteries Limited – operator of the UK National Lottery - is gold sponsor of the event. They first got involved in the run three years ago and have pledged their support ever since.

 Known as the Bluebell Run for its beautiful scenery through Whippendell Woods, this year’s race promises to be bigger and better than ever before. It will start from Cassiobury Park on Bank Holiday Monday, May 2nd. As well as the main 10k race, there is also a 1k race for under-10s and 3k race for under-15s.

 In attendance at the launch, were Mark Davis and Antony Stivala from Watford Round Table and Sarah Maling from Watford Mencap.

 Also in attendance in the sponsors’ box, kindly donated by Burrda, official kit sponsors and suppliers for Watford FC, were Simone Spencer-Ahmed from Mothercare, who are sponsoring the 1k race, Natalie Poole from Esporta Riverside and David Hewitt from Cotswold Outdoor. Also sponsoring the race is Everyone Active Watford Central.

 This is the second year that Watford Football Club has launched the race and they continue to support the event through publicity. There was also a collection at the stadium for the two charities, by a team of 5 Watford Mencap staff and volunteers and 5 Watford Roundtable members. Over £220 was raised from the collection.

 Watford 10k race director, Anthony Stivala from Round Table, explained:

 ‘The build up to the Watford 10k 2011 has started with a number of great successes. Camelot have renewed their important role as Gold Sponsor and with Watford FC’s fantastic support and assistance, we have been given the opportunity to promote the event to a wider audience, raising awareness of Watford Round Table and Watford Mencap. The Watford 10k is very much a community event and the involvement of these businesses and sporting organisations only serves to emphasise this. Thank you to everyone that supported us at the launch’

You can now register for the event at www.watford10k.org.uk.

 Pictures courtesy of Malcolm Armstrong

Posted on Wednesday, 23rd February 2011