On Sunday 21st August Ryde Harriers will again support the Isle of Wight Youth Trust with the third, Isle of Wight Youth Trust Fun Run which will run alongside the Isle of Wight Half Marathon.

This family friendly fun run costs just £6 to enter for those under 18 years of age and £10 for those over 18, with a family discount available. All money raised will go to the Isle of Wight Youth Trust who provide free, professional and confidential counselling for children and young people on the Isle of Wight. Look out for an entry form in Isle of Wight County Press on Friday 29th July or download your entry form here.

Chris Lewis, Race Secretary for Ryde Harriers, said that the club has enjoyed working with the Youth Trust and hopes this year will be a great success: “This is the third year Ryde Harriers has supported the Youth Trust with a Fun Run at our annual Isle of Wight Half Marathon. Entries have increased over previous years, with a new format this year of a 1km lap in Appley Park.  It’s 2km for under 14’s and 5km for over 14’s but we’d like to encourage anyone to do as many laps as they like, up to 5km.”

“It’s going to be great fun for the whole family, people can dress up, parents can run with their little ones or push them in a buggy. All finishers will receive a medal for their efforts and know they’ve done their bit to support kids in need.”

Eileen Monks OBE, Director of the Isle of Wight Youth Trust, added “We are overwhelmed by the community support that we receive – we offered nearly 4,000 counselling sessions last year and this wouldn’t be possible without the support of groups like the Ryde Harriers. We would like to thank Chris and all of the team at Ryde Harriers, as well as our corporate sponsors at Wightlink for sponsoring travel on the day.”

Wightlink’s Head of Marketing Mark Persad added: “We are delighted to be sponsoring travel – via Ryde Harriers – for this popular event which, besides supporting the invaluable work of the IW Youth Trust, also encourages people of all ages to take part in a healthy activity in the wonderful setting of the Island.”

Further Information

The Isle of Wight Youth Trust has been supporting children and young people on the Isle of Wight since 1984.  In the past year alone they have offered nearly 4,000 face-to-face counselling sessions to children and young people aged between 4-24 years old. The issues that these young people face are varied and include coming to terms with the separation of their parents, dealing with relationship problems with their families or peers, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, bullying and drug and alcohol dependency.  For further information about the Youth Trust please contact Eileen Monks, Director on 01983 529569 or eileen@iowyouthtrust.co.uk.