Largest-ever field set to compete in Bognor 10k

Runners and onlookers at the Bognor 10k race last year
Runners and onlookers at the Bognor 10k race last year

RECORD-BREAKER Tadele Geremew is back to head a record-breaking field at this weekend’s Bognor Prom 10k road race.

Tadele will be seeking to improve on the 30min 37secs in which he completed the seafront course last year.

He is among the largest ever 1,880 entries on Sunday, as the race continues to go from strength to strength.

John Holman, the press officer for the organisers at Bognor Hotham Rotary Club, said: “The race promises to be every bit as successful as its predecessors.

“We are confident that runners and spectators will enjoy the day and that many thousands of pounds will be raised for good causes as a result.”

The race starts at 10.30am from the southern end of Silverston Avenue, at West Park, and finishes at the same place.

The route follows Kings Parade, the promenade, The Esplanade and Gloucester Road around Butlin’s to Upper Bognor Road into Felpham.

From there, it will go into Admiralty Road, Blakes Road and Limmer Lane to rejoin the prom for the return leg.

More than 70 marshals will manage junctions and the promenade to ensure runners have a clear path. St John Ambulance will also be present.

“The Rotary Club has advised all properties lining the route of the rolling road closure,” said Holman.

“The marshals will re-open the roads as soon as it is safe to do so. Motorists are requested to be patient while this once-in-a-year event passes through.

“It will be a day of fun, challenge and satisfaction, benefiting countless numbers.

“Bognor Hotham Rotary Club is proud to organise this annual event for Bognor Regis and looks forward to seeing good support from local people to share the enjoyment and encourage the runners on.”

The prom will be the best vantage point, with the runners being seen in both directions from 10.30am until about 11.45am. The race will pass through Felpham village between 10.45am and 11.15am.

All roads will be re-open by midday when the prizes will be presented at West Park.

Well-known Chichester Runner James Baker, who was third last year, will again be in contention.

The biggest group will once again be the Felpham-based Tone Zone Runners, with well over 100 entrants.

There is a £200 (course-champion) prize as well as £200 if the male or female record is broken. Prizes will also be awarded for winners in five age-related groups.