A RUNNING event which brings together hundreds from in and round Whitchurch is set to be another sell-out.

The Grocontinental Relay, organised by Whitchurch Whippets and held at Alderford Lake on Thursday, has seen a huge response yet again.

The event, in its seventh year, has become a firm fixture in the Whitchurch calendar, and this year, 120 teams of three relay runners each covering a leg of two miles around the lake will take part.

Members at Whitchurch Whippets believe the success of the community event is down to its inclusive nature with runners coming from established club runners and local businesses.

Club chairman, John Dillon, explained that the club has created a special and unique event that resonates with both experienced and novice runners.

He added: “The relay was very much a winner from year one and continues to grow in popularity. We think it’s a combination of a great venue in Alderford Lake which provides the perfect backdrop for a summer’s evening, professional organisation and mostly that teams of all abilities run in the same race.

"We are very grateful to Grocontinental for their continuing sponsorship. There is an excellent community spirit at the event and we get massive support from local people who come along to cheer on the teams.”

John visited Grocontinental to receive this year’s sponsorship cheque presented by staff members Robert Ellis and Dionne Loftus who will be taking part in the relay.

Alderford Lake's cafe will be open throughout the event with a barbecue. A prize-giving ceremony will take place after the relay, while parking is free-of-charge.