Where's Wally Fun Run in the Park
On March the 22nd, the EXCELLENT answer to the question Where’s Wally? will be ‘in Russell Park, with all the other Wallys!’
When’s Wally? Sunday March 22nd is a very special day.
It’s your chance to leap into the pages of the famous children’s book and be part of the stripy search for Wally.
Because on March 22nd, the National Literacy Trust‘s Where’s Wally Run comes to Russell Park. We’re hoping to make Russell Park look like THIS:
We want you to take part!
Obviously you’ll need to dress like a Wally. This may come pretty naturally for some…
You can buy an ‘official Wally’ costume, or you can make your own with the help of a stripy top, a bobble hat and a pair of round glasses. (Walking cane optional, but not to be used to trip up the competition and be warned it might slow you down on the run).
Registration is open from 9.30, and the run starts at 10.30am.
It’s a family friendly event, so bring the kids, dogs, friends, grandparents and any other Wallys you can think of…
We’ll kick the day off with a very special BOOKTASTIC! storytime at 9.30, and there will be a treasure hunt organised throughout the morning for little Wallys to take part in.
We’ve enlisted the help of Gale Force Events, who are helping us with the race day organisation. The route will be three loops of Russell Park, starting from the Kiosk. You’ll do two shorter loops round the park, cutting through the mini golf course and a longer final loop that brings you back to the finish line right by the Kiosk. There will be arrows telling you where to go and various very important marshall-y high-vis vest types keeping you on the right track (quite literally)! It is a ‘fun run’, so if your idea of fun is running more than 3 loops of the park… then you are more than welcome. Walking is also an option, and obviously, we’ll have drinks and snacks on hand if you prefer to participate in a ‘Wally-Watching’ capacity, and as an incentive to reach the finish line! Book your tickets online here.
To get a sense of how much fun the day can be, have a look at this video by Dartford Science and Technology college, who took part in the race at Victoria Park two years ago.
Because you’ll be helping to raise money for the National Literacy Trust. All of the profits from the registration fees, plus any sponsorship money you raise goes to support the great work that the National Literacy Trust does in promoting literacy in deprived areas; offering literacy support and teaching to families who struggle with reading and writing.
For most of us, it’s hard to imagine just how isolating it must be to live without being able to read and write properly. In the age of information, being unable to access basic resources is crippling. But actually, one person in six in the UK lives with poor literacy. The National Literacy Trust works to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities, where up to 40 per cent of people have literacy problems. It works with schools, communities and families to encourage literacy from a young age, organising literacy projects and campaigns to make improving literacy standards a national priority.
All profits from the fun run registration fees go to support the National Literacy Trust, but if you’d like to do any additional fundraising, you can print off a sponsorship form, and there are some great tips here for fun fundraising.
And if you’ve well and truly got the running bug, why not have a look at the details for the very first Run Bedford on Sunday 7th June 2015; a fast, flat 10k road race through Bedford, starting and finishing on Bedford’s beautiful Victorian embankment: a traffic-free course takes in the town’s major roads including the High Street!
More details and how to enter that on the Gale Force Events site here.
Keep checking our blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed for more details of the best book-themed fun run you’ll EVER do.