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Don’t miss Redbridge’s first Mayor’s Annual Family Fun Run

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:09 13 March 2017

The fun run race director Harmander Singh.

The fun run race director Harmander Singh.

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An exciting new event comes to Ilford town centre next month and it’s hoped that it will leave a lasting legacy on the borough for years to come.

Mayor's Annual Family Fun Run route map. Mayor's Annual Family Fun Run route map.

The Mayor’s Annual Family Fun Run, supported by the Recorder, will be the first event of its kind this century and will include a range of activities designed to bring the community together on Sunday, April 2.

Five hundred people will run or walk a 5km route around Ilford town centre, starting and finishing outside Redbridge Town Hall.

Afterwards runners will receive a medal, T-shirt and goody bag and will get the opportunity to enjoy the events in the Town Hall where local businesses and organisations will be able to showcase their services.

The fun doesn’t stop there as the public can meet local celebrities, like Olympic gold medallist Tessa Sanderson, while the local emergency services will hold a blue light display for children.

Harmander Singh, the race director, has played a major role in bringing the event to the borough. He said: “The current mayor, and people like myself, have been pestering the council for years that we haven’t got a run in the borough and we haven’t had one since last century,” said Harmander.

“The current mayor was really taken in by that and wanted something that covers a whole range of things – like health, charity and community.

“My sole role is to organise the event and to make it inclusive. It’s important to remember it’s a fun run not a race.

“It’s a healthy issue and brings community cohesion and a whole range of family members together.”

Mayor Gurdial Bhamra, who hopes to walk the route in his ceremonial robes, called on the public to get involved.

“I want to do something the borough hasn’t done before to raise the profile of the borough. It brings different communities together, of all ages and cultures, and helps create community cohesion. We are one community, one borough, let’s come together and celebrate that.”

Money raised through the event will go towards the mayor’s charities – Redbridge’s Healthy Living Project, the Disabled Asian Women’s Network, Redbridge Giving Tree and disability charity Vibrance.

The entry fee costs £6, with a special £28 rate for a family of six, and with just 500 places available go to Eventbrite to register today.

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