Mandy is Get Set Go for 1610 Chard Chaser 10k Sunday September 9

Posted: 3rd Sep 2018

Category: Health & Fitness

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(Lizzie Livingstone left and Mandy Poulton pictured right)

When the runners taking part in the 1610 Chard Chaser 10k line up on the starting line on Sunday September 9 they will not have very far to look for inspiration to get through this endurance challenge.

Among those taking part this year will be 63 year old Mandy Poulton from Chard who is registered blind but partially sighted due to Macular Degeneration. The condition means that Mandy has blurred or limited sight in the centre of her field of vision which makes recognising faces and objects difficult.

Mandy who took part in the event in 2017 by walking the course in 1 hour 20 minutes hopes to improve her time this year with the help of friend Lizzie Livingstone who she met for the first time at the event last year.

Mandy says that she is enjoys taking part in the Chard Chaser because of the sense of achievement it gives her:” I love taking part in the Chard Chaser because it makes me feel as if I have really achieved something.  There is a great sense of camaraderie at this event which is how I met my friend Lizzie and we support each other round the course. I have some limited peripheral vision but I hope to run and walk the race this time to improve my time. I have to be quite selfish or determined to achieve my goals otherwise I would simply give up on things so I am looking forward to the event as I can test myself and meet new people and take the opportunity to get out into the lovely local countryside.”

The race which is a one-lap route starts from the new 1610 gym at Jarman Way in Chard and then continues onto country roads and rough tracks through Cuttiford’s Door and Chardleigh Green. The course profile has an undulating gradient with some challenging hills. Scenic views of the countryside and Blackdown Hills add to the attraction of this event which has become so popular on the South West racing circuit.

 Chard Chaser organiser Emma Warr says that although the race has some challenging aspects it is an inclusive family friendly community event; “Whatever your personal goal, whether it is walking or running, this event is perfect for endurance and novices alike.  Mandy’s inspiring example proves that you can walk or run it, have fun, meet new people and enjoy the beautiful countryside around Chard while keeping fit.”

The race which starts at 10am has a very welcoming atmosphere especially for first time runners and walkers are also welcome. (9am start)

  • Venue: 1610 Chard, Jarman Way, Chard, TA20 1FB
  • Registration - 8.15am (race numbers and timing chips to be collected on race day)
  • Entry fee - Affiliated & 1610 members = £14 / Unaffiliated = £16 (£2 extra on the day)
  • Minimum age of 15 (16 on or before 31/12/17)

Finishers medals and age group prizes. 

The Chard Chaser 10k is part of the 1610 Race Series. Participants can collect one of the 10k medals as part of the race series medals collection. Complete all four of the10k runs (Bridgwater, Chard, Dorchester, Shepton) to bag the 1610 medal collection.

The Chard Chaser 10k is kindly sponsored by, Um Bongo, Taunton Chiropractic Centre, Rowcliffes Vauxhall and Chelston Direct.

For more information please contact the 1610 Events team 01823 219001 or email ewarr@1610.org.uk.