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Going the distance as popular Puffaten returns

 Published on: 26th April 2018   |   By: Jason Allen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Kings Langley Puffaten returns in June and includes races for every level of fitness.

Races for the event on Sunday, June 17 include 1.5k (any age), 3k (minimum age nine), 5k (minimum age 11) and 10k (minimum age 15) – there are no time limits on how long it takes you to finish.

This year Sir Mike Penning MP will be starting all the races and presenting all the trophies. Last year Patrick Brown was the first runner home in a time of 37.40 and who, as a Kings Langley resident, also won the Founders Trophy presented by the family of John Cherry. John started the event more than 30 years ago, but sadly passed away in 2015.

One of the organisers, Kate Chadwick, said: “The only thing missing are a few more marshals – no running required – and a lot more runners.

“Some degree of reticence is understandable as the start and finish is at Kings Langley Primary School at the top of Common Lane. The 5k is a particular challenge as it involves two laps, including running the full length of Coniston Road.

“Some might say that seems to be too much for most youngsters, but that’s usually because that’s when they are going to school during the week.”

Race director Alan Johnson said: “It’s a great honour to continue this village institution, and the different distances mean there is something for everyone regardless of their current level of fitness. We hope that as it is Father’s Day, dads will take the opportunity to take part with their children. If they don’t mind finishing second.”

If you’d like to volunteer as a marshal or take part as a runner, you can contact Alan Johnson at alanjohnson@kingslangley-pri.herts.sch.uk or enter online through the website www.puffaten.co.uk. All profits go to local charities.

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