A MUCH anticipated event is set to return to this North Yorkshire town this month after a forced two-year absence due to Covid-19

The Northallerton 10k run will return this month after being cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Last year’s participants have automatically been entered into the 2022 event, meaning the Northallerton 10k has quickly reached its capacity of 1,000 runners.

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This year’s race is set to start at Town Hall on Northallerton’s High Street on Sunday may 29 at 10am.

Entry fees and any additional money raised will be donated to Northallerton-based Pendragon Community Trust.

The trust provides support to those with learning disabilities together with their families and carers.

Simon Bailes Peugeot has been the main sponsor of the Northallerton 10k for five years and this year has two members of staff taking part for the first time.

Thomas Kerfoot, race director, said it was “fantastic” to be able to stage the event after a two year absence and that people “were looking forward to welcoming it back.”

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He added: “More importantly it will raise valuable funds for the Pendragon Trust, which itself has faced a challenging time during the pandemic due to a lack of fundraising opportunities.

“I’d like to thank Simon Bailes Peugeot for its continued backing as a main sponsor, together with the widespread support of other local businesses.”

Jules Downes, Pendragon Community Trust’s centre and development manager, said the Northallerton 10k is their “biggest fundraiser of the year.”

She added: “As a charity we rely heavily on community support, so the fact that it was postponed for two years had a major impact on the centre. The 10k means everything to us.”

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