Grocontinental are once again lending their support to Whitchurch Whippet’s annual community relay race around Alderford Lake.

The sold-out race, on Thursday, July 13, at 7.30pm, has attracted more than 120 teams and is now in its sixth year.

Grocontinental managing director, Linda Grocott, is delighted to be involved with the race once more, which she believes is a perfect summer night time event.

“Whether you’re a participant or a spectator, the relay is a great event to support and Alderford Lake provides the perfect backdrop on a summer’s evening,” she said.

“The community spirit of the event, with those new to running participating in the same event as some of Shropshire’s best athletes, has proved to be a real winner.

“The relay is very well organised by Whitchurch Whippets and there is always a great atmosphere on the night.

“Over the last six years, the event has proved to be a launch pad to get people into running.”

The race’s success has been attributed to the inclusion of runners of all abilities, ranging from established club runners to families, groups of friends and colleagues from local businesses.

The relay involves three legs of two miles around Alderford Lake with specific prizes for the community teams finishing with the best times.

The off-road relay has become an established fixture in the town’s calendar of events, and number of teams entering has grown from 39 in 2012 to this year’s fantastic total.

Louis Richards, Emma Hocknell and Oliver Saywell of Grocontinental, who are taking part in this year’s relay, handed over the company’s sponsorship cheque to John Dillon, Chairman, and Cathy McAllister of Whitchurch Whippets.

Spectators are welcome. There is free parking and the Alderford Lake café will be open for food and drinks on the evening.

Further details of the event are on the Whitchurch Whippets’ website at

The club runs specific programmes for people who have never tried running before but who want to give it a go.

Anyone interested and wanting to find out more should contact John Dillon on 01948 710316.