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The race is on to snap up Kilham 10k places

More than 100 places have already been snapped up for the popular Kilham Multi-Terrain 10K which takes place next month.

The challenging yet stunning route will begin and end in Kilham on Sunday 23rd October.

In between, runners will head off-road up a tree-lined track, site of David Hockney’s famous ‘Tunnel’ painting, before climbing to the top of the hill which provides breathtaking views of the Yorkshire Wolds.

The route continues across Sheep Rake Lane before rejoining tarmac back into Kilham and finishing at the village’s playing fields.

Nicola Knaggs, secretary of Kilham Playing Fields Association (KPFA), which organises the event, said that the group cannot wait to welcome runners of all ages and abilities.

“We’re running the same route as last year, going through the famous Hockney Tunnel,” she told the Wolds Weekly. “Last year, we had a really high standard of runners challenging at the front, as well as many affiliated to local running clubs.

“Others ran together as a family or with friends, whilst it’s also an event which non-regular runners or beginners can take part in.

“Karla Kemp, who was featured in the Wolds Weekly recently, is from Kilham and she is using it as an introduction to running as she is fundraising for charity.

“That is part of the reason we first organised Kilham Multi-Terrain 10K and ensured that we kept it going following the COVID break.

“The wide range of runners is fantastic to see and we actually delayed this year’s event by a couple of weeks so that it didn’t clash with an East Yorkshire Cross Country League race in the hope we can welcome even more runners.”

Nicola confirmed that prizes will once again be handed out for the top three places overall, as well as age category prizes for male and female, which will again have a local produce theme to them.

A goodie bag will be handed out to all finishers which will include a £5 voucher for The Old Star, as well as flapjack courtesy of Lilley Plumbing.

The race, which featured in the September issue of Runner’s World Race, will once again be sponsored by Bee Health, subject to confirmation.

As always, all proceeds from the race will go towards KPFA as it prepares to upgrade its timber play equipment which has been in place for a decade.

Nicola added: “The timber children’s play equipment has been in place since we acquired the field in 2012.

“We have recognised that it is now showing significant signs of wear and tear and will need replacing sooner rather than later, certainly before it becomes unusable.

“We are making a concerted effort to look at that in 2023 and it was lovely to see so many people use the park this summer, not just from Kilham, but from surrounding villages too.

“It was a valuable asset during the lockdowns and its popularity has continued and we thank people from Kilham and beyond for using it.”

Anyone wishing to volunteer or marshal for Kilham Multi-Terrain 10K can email kpfaevents@outlook.com.
Race places are available by visiting racebest.com/races/kilham10k.

The event begins at 10am and road closures will be in operation throughout stretches of the road on the route until noon.

KPFA is also in the process of organising its annual bonfire and firework event which will be held on Friday 4th November.

Advanced tickets are on sale now at: theentrypoint.co.uk/events/kilham-bonfire-and-fireworks-display-V8PGROV66OnZANj/information.

The Farmer Christmas Tractor Run will be held on Sunday 11th December.

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