Organisers ring the changes for Curfew Run

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Tweed Striders are ringing in the changes for this year’s Curfew Run on Wednesday, July 8 as, instead of one single race, there will be two!

The first race is the Curfew Run Fun Run at 7.30pm. This race is well and truly “fun for all” being as it is for families to run with their children, for adult fun runners and for all junior runners who are 12 years or younger on the day.

Entry for this race is either online or on the night.

Then, at 8pm, comes the second race – the traditional Curfew Run, the aim of which is to beat the time it takes the Curfew Bell to toll.

This race is for those runners - adults or juniors aged 13 years on the day - who want to test themselves against the Curfew Bell.

Entry for the 8pm Curfew Run is online only – there will be absolutely no entry on the night for this race.

Caroline McDermott, Tweed Striders’ head coach, explained the reasons for this departure from tradition,

“Whilst Tweed Striders were absolutely delighted at the unprecedented and record turnout at last year’s Curfew Run, double that of previous years in fact, it was nevertheless very clear that both the race itself and the registration process were no longer “fit for purpose” so-to-speak, in that neither was designed to handle such a huge – and very welcome – number of runners.

“We needed to address this so we have decided to offer two races plus introduce online entry. However, we also needed to remember that this is a primarily a community event whereby some people just turn up on the night to run; hence we are still offering registration on the night but for the first race only.

“We very much hope that by putting on two races we will be able to meet the needs of all runners in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Richard Simpson, vice-chairman of Simpsons Malt, confirmed their sponsorship of the Curfew Run and Fun Run and said, “We are delighted to sponsor this event once more and we feel that, by putting on two races and introducing online entry, Tweed Striders are thinking ahead and definitely moving the event in the right direction. .

“We are confident that the 2015 Curfew Run and Fun Run will be a huge success.”

For the second year running the event is being run under permit from RunBritain and online entry is now open at www.runbritain.com/races with numbers being available for collection on the night.

Both races have a maximum limit of 150 runners and online entry will close on 5 July. Further information is available at www.tweedstriders.org and the Tweed Striders Facebook page or by emailing tweedstriders@gmail.com.