10K helps give young a fighting chance
THIS year's Keynsham 10K is set to raise more than £5,000 for young people at a boxing charity.
More than 350 runners have already entered the race on Sunday October 6.
Running group Bitton Road Runners and Easton-based boxing gym and charity Empire Fighting Chance re-formed the race in 2018 after a five-year absence because of rising costs.
Costs are now covered, with all profits donated to the charity, which transforms young lives through boxing.
Working at schools as well as their gym, Empire Fighting Chance supports young people aged 8-25 from deprived areas and disadvantaged backgrounds.
Attendees are often experiencing mental health issues, involved in crime or excluded from school. The money raised will go towards funding their 20-week programme, which aims to turn their lives around.
Former British international track and field athlete and marathon runner Nick Rose will open the race for the second year.
Speaking of the benefit of Empire Fighting Chance’s involvement, he said: “The Keynsham 10K is very well managed and set in a lovely environment.
"This event stands out because 100 per cent of the profits go to the Empire Fighting Chance charity, who help many young people get their lives back on track. I have vivid memories of standing at the entrance to the old factory last year, cheering everyone on towards the finish and seeing so many participants smiling and enjoying the event.”
To register for the Keynsham 10K, visit www.empirefightingchance.org/events/keynsham10k
The price for affiliated runners is £14, with non-affiliated runners paying £16.