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Get set for 31st Abbots Langley Tough Ten charity race at Manor House playing fields
Runners and organisers are gearing up for the 31st annual Tough Ten race this weekend.
Kevin Brown, on the Abbots Langley Tough Ten committee, said: "Despite the fact that Luther is in the middle of moving house this weekend he has agreed to start this year’s race as Graham Taylor, who has always started the race, has had knee surgery and is having to rest."
He added: "It is still not too late for runners to enter the race and have the chance to meet the Watford legend."
Abbots Langley Tough Ten is in its 31st year and every year it aims to raise thousands of pounds for local good causes. Residents will be running for charities like DEMAND as well as Breakspeare School and the Abbots Langley War Memorial Fund.
Alison Warner, on the Abbots Langley Tough Ten committee, said: "We think everything is falling well into place and we are sure numbers are up on last year. We’ve got two more local schools taking part and 70 entries from Abbots Langley school already. The 1.5K and 3K we think we’ll break records for numbers wise this year.
"We had 168 signed up to the 10K on Monday and probably over 200 now. There were 704 runners that turned out last year and we’re fairly confident we’ll break that this year.
"We just need a nice day so that people look out the window in the morning and decide to run the Tough Ten."
Last year, the 30th anniversary race had to be re-routed after police closed off Abbots Road for about an hour, due to a man collapsing.
Ms Warner said: "We don’t need any more dramas this year. But everybody coped very well last year."
Hundreds of runners are expected to turn out for the race. The participants are set to include a police community support officer who has been inspired to get fit and take part in the Abbots Langley Tough Ten.
John Diaz, who is based at Abbots Langley Police Station, said he has been impressed with the Tough Ten committee’s fundraising abilities and how they manage to help so many people in the local community.
The PCSO is currently training for the event and is on a strict diet to become fitter, not only for running but for his work.
Abbots Langley Police Station has won the Emergency Services Cup for several years and John wants to help retain it for his colleagues.
The station has a team of four entered to this year’s race, including PCSO John Diaz, PCSO Ryan Legge, PC Sarah Feeney and Sgt Neil Canning.
This weekend’s race will start at the Manor House playing fields, in Gallows Hill Lane, at 9.30am.
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