18 May
2022

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Call to run for seafarers

18 May, 2022

Sailors’ Society is calling for local running enthusiasts to take part in the New Forest 10k on Sunday September 11.

After two years of lockdowns and cancelled events, the Southampton-based international maritime welfare charity is looking forward to supporting up to 50 runners in the 10k race – one of seven events being held this year alongside the New Forest Marathon.

CEO, Sara Baade said: “Every year we support the welfare and wellbeing needs of thousands of seafarers, their families and communities, wherever they may be and this has never been more important than now, as we cope with the impact of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

“To do this vital work, we rely entirely on donations, and events like the New Forest Marathon can provide a real boost to our funds as well as a great day out for those willing to support us.

“In Southampton port alone, we help nearly 3,000 seafarers every year, giving a warm welcome and providing practical and emotional support to hard working crew who arrive, often having spent months at sea away from their families. Our head office is also based in the city, so this event is extra special to us, being so close. Supporting it and supporting us through taking part really means a great deal.”

The route is flat and fast and takes in some of the beautiful heath and woodland synonymous with this historic national park. Participants can run in a team or by themselves.

Spaces are limited for this very popular family event, but Sailors’ Society has guaranteed places for those willing to raise funds for the charity and will provide support for the fundraising.

To find out more, or to sign up, go to https://www.sailors-society.org/events/new-forest-10k-2022 or email [email protected]

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