Claire Lomas launches new Melton half-marathon

An emotional Claire Lomas and her husband Dan Spincer after crossing the finish line of the London Marathon EMN-160501-164853002

An emotional Claire Lomas and her husband Dan Spincer after crossing the finish line of the London Marathon EMN-160501-164853002

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Entries have opened for a new half-marathon, the first in Melton for many years.

The Road2Recovery Half-Marathon and Fun Run has been launched by Claire Lomas as the latest additions to her series of fundraising events for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation.

The inaugural event takes place on Sunday, June 19 and will start and finish at Eye Kettleby Lakes, just outside the town.

The Road2Recovery series began last year with a motorcycle ride-out, and a Road2Recovery cycling sportive event is also in the pipeline for August.

Claire has raised more than £507,000 since 2007 when she was paralysed from the chest down in a horse riding accident.

She said: “I’m always wanting to find new and good ways of raising money so I decided to do the series of Road2Recovery events.

“I think it’s exciting to have a local half-marathon, but with the 5k we also hope to encourage people that perhaps haven’t tried running before as well as kids.

“We plan to make it a really fun family day.”

Melton hosted a popular annual half-marathon throughout the 1980s. The Bellshire Half-Marathon attracted an average entry of almost 1,500 after its launch in 1982 before it was renamed the Stilton Half-Marathon.

But it became defunct in the early 1990s and was replaced by a 10-mile race.

The Road2Recovery half-marathon course is to be run predominantly on quiet minor roads and lanes towards Great Dalby, Burrough-on-the-Hill and Little Dalby.

There is also a 5km fun run option around Eye Kettleby Lakes which children are welcome to enter.

The event will incorporate a family fun day with bouncy castle and games for children and adults together with a hog roast and refreshments.

All of the profits raised from the day will go to the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation, and sponsorship forms will be available for those wishing to raise further funds for the foundation.

There is an option to claim back entry fees for those who raise more than £100 for NSIF.

All finishers will receive a t-shirt and medal as well as a signed copy of Claire’s autobiography, Finding My Feet.

Official chip timing will be provided and car parking will be available at the site.

Early bird entry is available until March 1 priced at £22 for affiliated runners, £25 for non-affiliated, and £5 for the fun run.

After this the price reverts back to £24, £28 and £6 respectively.

For more details, and an entry form, visit www.claireschallenge.co.uk