MP?Sarah puts name down for 10K race

By Sam Acourt in Arts

Totnes MP Dr Sarah Wollaston is making a run for it – after signing up for the Totnes 10K charity race.

The MP recently took part in a Torbay Half Marathon just a few weeks after a gruelling political campaign which saw her re-elected to her Totnes seat.

Now she will be joining more than 500 runners competing in the Totnes 10K run next month – and helping to raise cash for charity at the same time.

For the last 17 years the Totnes 10K has been organised by the Teignbridge Trotters Running Club.

Race director Roger Easterbrook said: “Dr Wollaston has just taken part in the Torbay Half Marathon, so I emailed her about the run and before you could say ‘sign up’ she had signed up.”

He said he believed it was the first time the MP had taken on the Totnes run, which will be going ahead this year on August 6.

The race is nearly all off-road and mostly flat. It starts and finishes at Borough Park where the race HQ is the Pavilion Leisure Centre and follows the Dart into the Dart­ington estate. The event also includes a one-mile fun run around Borough Park.

Last year more than 500 people took part in the main event, with 137 runners signing up for the fun run.

Since 2000, the run has raised a total of £16,000 for Totnes Caring. Roger said that last year the race handed over £1,600 to the charity and it is hoped it will be even more this year.

Dr Wollaston is among some 320 people who have already signed up.

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