On Sunday 19th May, runners of all ages and abilities will be pulling on their running shoes for The Donna Louise’s annual family fun run at Trentham Gardens.

Following the same course as last year, runners will do one or two laps of the lake within Trentham Gardens, depending whether they sign up for the 5k or 10k distance. Spectators will also be welcome to come along and cheer on their friends and family.

Zoë Gregory, Events Manager at The Donna Louise, said, “Our family fun run is a firm favourite in our event calendar, with almost 1,000 runners completing the course last year. Since our first fun run, back in 2004, more than 8857 runners have taken part and between them they’ve raised a phenomenal £408,995. This has made a huge difference to the children, young people, and their families, who rely on The Donna Louise for respite, care and support services.”

You don’t have to be a keen runner to take part in The Donna Louise Fun Run and fancy dress is also encouraged, with prizes given for the best costume.

Zoë added, “What makes our family fun run really special is the fantastic atmosphere on the day, as people of all ages and abilities come together to raise money for the children, young adults and families who use the services of The Donna Louise.”

Following last year’s success, The Donna Louise will once again be operating a park and ride system from the bet365 stadium with free buses to transport all participants and spectators to Trentham Gardens.

Zoë explained, “We trialled the park and ride service for the first time last year, and it was a great success, easing congestion around the main entrance to Trentham Gardens. I’d like to say a huge thank you to First Buses, who will once again transport runners and spectators to Trentham Gardens, and back to their cars after the race, free of charge.”

On the day, all participants must park at the bet365 stadium where they’ll simply collect a wristband and hop on a free bus.

The Donna Louise’s 10k race is recognised under the UK Athletics Certificate of Course Accuracy and all 10k runners will receive a chipped running number which will provide an official race time.

Registration is now open for both races. The 10k race is £16 per person and has an age limit of 16 years and over. The 5k race is open to any age and is £14 per adult, £8 per child or £39 for a family of two adults and two children. All entrants will receive a medal when they cross the finish line.

For more information, and to register, visit www.thedonnalouise.org