After Christmas, many of us think about shedding a few of the excess pounds we’ve put on, but what’s the best way to do it?

For instance, does running a mile and walking a mile burn off the same number of calories? Not at all. Walking has many health benefits, but to really shift the pounds (plus enjoy many other stress busting, mental, cardiac and cancer-beating benefits) then running is more effective, burning more than twice the number of calories that walking can achieve over the same distance.

So why not kick start next year’s health drive by taking up running, then challenge yourself to do the Chew Valley 10k? It’s not as hard as it sounds, and each year many newcomers successfully complete their first race at this popular charity running event, now in its fifth year and aimed at bringing the community together and active, whilst having fun!

The 2017 Chew Valley 10k, sponsored by Debbie Fortune Estate Agents, takes place on Sunday 11 June 2017 at 9.30am, with Race HQ at Bishop Sutton Village Hall and same gorgeous, rural route as last year. Proceeds from the event will be divided between Chew Valley-based charity, Blood Bikes NICU Support, Chew Valley School Society and Bishop Sutton Primary School Society.

Entry is £18.50 (or £16.50 for anyone affiliated to a running club) and includes a free technical T shirt and event medal plus, for the first time, a free (printable) photo download of each runner taking part in the race.  The event is fully licensed by UK Athletics and has chip timing, live streaming of results and a video clip of you finishing!

As well as all the category winners’ trophies, the Team Trophy will be back too; up to 5 friends, family members, running clubbers or work colleagues can enter with the same team name and the fastest four times count toward a combined time. This year’s proud Team Trophy Champions were Alex, Neil, Steve and Tom from Clevedon Athletics Club!

For the first time this year, runners can easily create a Sportsgiving page in one click when entering at www.chewvalley10k.co.uk, making it an ideal opportunity to fundraise for one of the beneficiary charities.

Couch to 10k training support and details of the on-route running club by Ross Elliott Fitness can be found at www.chewvalley10k.co.uk, along with details of a new 6-week coaching session called ‘RunStart’ begins in February in Keynsham.

Denise Mellersh, Race Director said: “We are delighted to be back for a fifth year and are working really hard to encourage both regulars and newcomers to enter and give it a go. It’s a beautiful route and there is loads of support available for all fitness levels, including group sessions if you don’t have anyone to train with.”

Visit www.chewvalley10k.co.uk for all info and regular updates and follow the event on Facebook and Twitter @Chewvalley10k. Potential sponsors, marshals or runners can also contact the organisers at email@chewvalley10k.co.uk

Get Running in 2017!