The Commonweal 5 – Get fit for summer!
An event for mixed ability runners in Swindon
Taking place on Sunday, 12 May at 10:30am from The Commonweal School in Old Town, the Commonweal 5 is a five-mile multi-terrain event suitable for runners of all abilities and is a great way to improve fitness levels and get into shape ready for summer. Organised by the school’s PTA, this event will appeal to mixed ability runners from across Swindon – ranging from the novice jogger who wants the satisfaction of completing the undulating course, to the more seasoned competitor.
The race starts and finishes on the school’s playing fields and descends along the Old Town railway path towards the canal, before looping back into Wichelstowe and climbing back up to the school via footpaths between Field Rise and Roman Crescent.
This event is a natural progression for runners who have taken part in the Mad March Hare 5K distance run and the popular weekly Swindon parkrun at Lydiard Park. It is also a great training run for anyone looking to enter the Lethbridge 10K in mid-June.
All proceeds will support new and existing projects at The Commonweal School
Further information about this event and online registration are available at www.commonweal5.co.uk. Entry is open to everyone over the age of 15, but due to the quality of the running surfaces along certain stretches of the route, the race is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs. Entry costs £10 for unaffiliated runners and £8 for UKA affiliated runners. Race numbers must be collected from the race HQ at Commonweal School on the day. The PTA will be serving refreshments and all monies raised from this event will be donated to Commonweal School to support new and existing projects.
The Commonweal 5 is sponsored by two local independent businesses: Run Swindon and Thrive Personal Training. Run Swindon is Swindon’s only specialist running store offering full video gait analysis and stocking many brands such as Saucony, Mizuno, Brooks, Gore and more. Thrive Personal Training helps people achieve their health and fitness goals with bespoke personal training programmes and is Swindon’s only BioSignature Modulation specialist. Both sponsors are well positioned to help participants prepare for the race and provide ongoing support to running enthusiasts.
Pictured: Kelly Turner and Kate Forshee crossing the finish line at last year’s Commonweal 5 event.
CarShop Swindon Encourages Local Residents to Help ‘Change a Life’ With 5K Charity Fun Run
Local used car retailer, CarShop, has teamed up with children’s charity Dreamflight to help raise money to send seriously ill and disabled children on the holiday of a lifetime.
On Sunday 12 May CarShop, located on Penny Lane off Drakes Way, will become host to its first ever 5K charity run with the aim of sending at least one child from the region on a ‘Dreamflight’.
Established in 1987 Dreamflight has a long-standing heritage changing the lives of thousands of children, many of whom go on to become successful role models for others with similar conditions. Each year the charity receives thousands of nominations from the doctors of deserving children. And with the help of a team of medical professionals, 16 children from each of the 12 UK regions are selected to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime to Orlando Florida.
Dreamflight believe that enjoyment and independence are just as important as medicine when it comes to treating ill or disabled children. Through their work they allow ‘children to be children’ by providing a magical experience whereby a disability doesn’t have to be a hindrance. Although hugely beneficial, each ‘Dreamflight’ consisting of 192 lucky children and all the necessary support staff is extremely costly. And as Dreamflight rely solely on volunteer donations, any fundraising activity is essential to the charity’s continued good work and success.
Free prize draw* to win a car
Starting at 9.00am, the 5K race will kick-off from CarShop Swindon and take course through the local area, before returning to finish back at CarShop. The run is open to everyone, regardless of age and fitness level. Participants can run, walk, hop, skip or even come in fancy dress, because the main aim is to get people involved and raise awareness of the charity. As an added bonus, anyone who raises £50 sponsorship (registration fee included) will be entered into a free prize draw* to win a car. On the day, CarShop will also be organising a series of fun activities for runners and spectators alike to enjoy, including a prize raffle.
James Dunkley, CarShop Marketing Director, commented “All too often we do our bit to support charities, yet very rarely do we get to see the impact of our support transpire within our local community. As a local employer we feel it’s our duty to give back to the communities which allow us to operate and thrive, so it was important to us to form a relationship with a charity which shared our ‘think big but act local’ values.
“In Dreamflight we’ve found a partner which provides perfect synergy with our values and beliefs; yet at the same time, through tremendous effort and work ethic, awes, inspires and humbles us. Because of this we’re determined to make our charity run a success, but in order to do so we need the help and support of our local community.”
Register now to take part or make a donation
To register for the CarShop Swindon ‘Change a Life’ Charity 5K Race, or just to make a donation, please visit www.carshop.co.uk/dreamflight. CarShop will be covering the cost of the day, so all money raised including the £10 runner’s registration fee will go to the charity Dreamflight.
*Terms and conditions apply
Pictured above: CarShop employees get ready to run