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A major new running event for East Anglia will be held this summer in aid of Focus12, the Bury St Edmund’s based addiction charity.

The charity is working in partnership with events management organisation HaverSports to deliver its first major fundraising event ‘RecoverRace’. This will be the perfect challenge for novices and seasoned runners alike, comprising of three runs of varying lengths to encourage everyone to get involved and to raise much needed funds for the charity on Sunday 30th July. The event festival will comprise of both 12 kilometre and half marathon runs both of which are mixed trail and road routes, while youngsters can join in too with a family route also available. Funds raised will be used to help those seeking or already in recovery.

Focus12 celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2017 and so the team is working hard to make sure that ‘RecoverRace’ is a celebration of everything the charity has achieved over the years. Previous clients, who have overcome their addictions through the charity’s highly effective treatment approach are already signing up to take part, and the team is hoping as many people as possible sign up to take part and have fun.

HaverSports, which will be delivering the event, has successfully delivered four major running events and five triathlon festivals since its launch in 2014, attracting over 1,800 athletes and raising over £20,000 for local good causes. The races included in this festival will be accurately measured and a UK Athletics licence will be sought, making them suitable for runners of all ages and abilities. All races will be chip timed and there will be medals for all finishers, with trophies for category winners.

Lisa Grove, Chief Executive of Focus12 said: “We’re very excited to launch RecoverRace, our most ambitious fundraising event to date. We’re hoping to encourage over a thousand runners to join us on 30th July and enjoy a great day out in the beautiful surroundings of The Highwaymans, on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds, including some local bands, food stalls and crafts. We’d also like to say thank you for the support of our local sponsors and in particular to Juliet Fisher who is the owner of The Highwaymans. Juliet’s generosity means we have the most beautiful location to host our event; it really is a complete gem in the heart of the Suffolk countryside and I can’t wait to see it transformed with runners and their supporters next Summer.

“With the New Year, nearly upon us, we thought it a good time to launch our race plans and encourage those thinking of signing up for a run in 2017 to put the date in their diary and take advantage of our early bird entry fees.”

Juliet Fisher, Owner of The Highwaymans said: “Highwaymans, in collaboration with Focus12, is honoured and humbled to be on the journey of recovery for so many. Thoughts, both good and bad, equate to the stability of an individual's mental health and any support generated by events such as RecoverRace is essential for individuals seeking help to manage and overcome their addiction."

HaverSports director Jack Tappin added: “We’re keen to continue delivering premium athletic events in West Suffolk and to provide vital support to our much needed charities. We’re looking forward to this exciting new venture with Focus12 and to see Bury St Edmunds’ enthusiasm for running showcased at our event.”

‘RecoverRace’ takes place on Sunday 30th July 2017 at The Highwaymans, Risby, Bury St Edmunds, IP28 6QP.

Entry is £12 for the 12 km race , £18 for the half marathon, and £8 for the family route. Early bird discounts are available for those signing up before 31 January 2017. Sign up to the races here.

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