A warm, winter wildlife welcome awaits runners, families and nature-lovers at Whitlingham Country Park this weekend, where the first 'Winter Robin Fun Run' will be taking place to raise money to help wildlife in The Broads.
The seasonally themed event is part of the RSPB and Sport England's 'Active in Nature' partnership, which is encouraging people in Norwich and The Broads to experience and enjoy the benefits of spending time outdoors surrounded by nature while getting physically active by participating in sport.
Martin Rendle, the event's organizer, said: "We want everyone, whatever their age or ability - whether they are Mo Farah or families coming along for some festive fancy dress fun - to be able to have a great time running, jogging, walking or skipping around Whitlingham Broad in aid of wildlife this Sunday.
"We've already had some fun with families getting their kids practicing in their robin costumes, and we can't wait to see what other imaginative fancy dress ideas people have come up with!"
For more competitive runners who want to set themselves a target, times can be recorded, but it's more about the taking part than the winning and everyone will get a souvenir medal to take away with them.
"It's the perfect way to get out for a healthy winter's morning, set a new personal best or start those New Year's resolutions a bit early, before popping into the Flint Barn café for some well earned refreshment!
"We hope the Robin Run will become a fun new fixture in the Norwich calendar and help get people excited about the opportunities there are all around - particularly in The Broads - for getting Active in Nature," said Martin Rendle.
Winter Robin Fun Run essentials
What: Run, jog, walk or push a buggy around a 5k, 3.5k or toddler route (1.5k) in the beautiful surroundings of Whitlingham Broad. Robin red-breast fancy dress is very much encouraged!
Price: Adults £10, Children £6, Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children) £25 - all money raised by the fun run will go towards helping the RSPB with its work to give nature a home in Norfolk.
Help fund-raise for wildlife! We'd be delighted if you'd like to use the event to fundraise for the RSPB. Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rspbNorwichRobinRun to get started.
Find out more and register to take part at www.rspb.org.uk/robinrun or just turn up on Sunday morning and join in the fun (and the run!).For details of other Active in Nature activities in The Broads, visit www.rspb.org.uk/strumpshawfen
1. Tickets can be booked directly from www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rspb-winter-robin-fun-run-norwich-tickets-29014965543
2. The RSPB and Sport England have formed a partnership to encourage more people to actively enjoy nature. The two-year project involves new activities and facilities at two RSPB nature reserves Strumpshaw Fen in Norfolk, and Rye Meads in Hertfordshire. Together we will offer an events programme based around cycling, running or climbing in wildlife rich surroundings. Find out more at www.rspb.org.uk/activeinnature and www.rspb.org.uk/strumpshawfen
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