Mountbatten’s popular fundraising fun run, held in the beautiful estate of Osborne, has been revamped for 2019.
The run, which has raised more than £36,000 since it was launched in 2017, will return in June with a new 10k route, alongside the regular 5k and 3k distances.
Spectators can also enter the grounds for free for the first time to cheer on their friends and family. Jax Jones, major events fundraiser, said: “We’re really excited about the return of our Osborne Run.
“We want to offer something for every running enthusiast, so we’ve added the 10k to pique the interest of the more serious runner.
“We hope this will raise even more funds to support Islanders and their families.”
Runners will start and finish in front of the home so loved by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The routes will take in areas of the grounds including the beach, Swiss Cottage and parts of the Osborne estate which are off the beaten track.
Runners taking on the 5k and 10k will also be treated to glimpses of the nearby Norris Castle. Nigel Hartley, Mountbatten chief executive, said: “This run has become an important fundraiser and we’re really thankful to English Heritage for allowing us the use of its stunning grounds.
“Although the numbers of people we care for across our Island have risen dramatically over the last year, we know that 50 percent of Islanders who are eligible for Mountbatten’s support are dying without it.
“We want to help more families who are struggling to cope with the demands of caring for their loved ones, so we hope as many people as possible take part this year to help us do that.”
A fundraising pack, which includes an Osborne Run vest, will be sent to every runner and everyone who crosses the finish line will receive a special Osborne Run medal, in recognition of their support for Mountbatten.
Places are limited so anyone interested in registering for the fun run is encouraged to sign up via our website https://www.mountbatten.org.uk/Event/osborne-run