The fun run to mark comedian Jimmy Cricket’s 70th birthday will be a musical affair.
The 2nd Rossendale Scout Band (above) are to provide music throughout the lead-up to the race on 18 October and during the run itself.
The whole event is being organised by Rochdale-based race organiser Andy O’Sullivan. The 5K run will start near the Cock and Magpie pub in Whitworth and take in two laps of a course which circles the picturesque Cowm Reservoir.
Its main aim is to raise funds for charity. Jimmy, who turns 70 on the eve of the race, is a huge supporter of the Francis House Children’s Hospice.
Also present on the day will be Roch Valley Radio, representatives from Francis House and, of course, Jimmy himself – he will start the race and present prizes to the winners.
The leader of the 2nd Rossendale Scout Band, Graham Helms, said: “When I heard about the race I thought it would be great for the band to get involved as I have known Jimmy for a number of years and he is such a great person, as well as a tremendous entertainer.
“I now will have to put my thinking cap on for appropriate race music, which might feature the William Tell Overture when Jimmy starts the race off!”
Jimmy said: “I am just thrilled Graham and his band are coming along to add to the atmosphere of the event and to help make it more of a spectacle.
“The event is definitely building and even if you don’t know a runner taking part in the fun run, why not come along and enjoy all that is going on and raise a few quid for a great cause.”
The entry fee to take part in this fun race is £4 to club runners and £6 to all others. An additional £1 will be charged to entrants who turn up on the day. Prizes will be awarded to all race finishers. Jimmy will be there to send runners on their way and also greet them as they finish.
For more information and for a hard copy of the entry form (above), please contact Andy O’Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org