The children at Watford Mencap Children’s Centre were delighted to help with the launch of this year’s Watford 10k Charity Run now in its 17th year.

The popular charity run returns to its idyllic setting among the bluebells of Whippendell Woods, starting in Cassiobury Park, Watford, on the bank holiday of Monday, May 5.

With more than 1,500 participants last year, Watford Round Table and Watford Mencap, the two charities who organise the event, will be looking to attract more runners this year. It is open to all abilities, from experienced athletes to those new to running.

Ruth Horwitz, Community Affairs Manager at Camelot UK said: "We have sponsored the Watford 10k for several years now and each year just gets better and better.

"We are dedicated to supporting our local communities and the Watford 10K is a really worthwhile event that brings people from all walks of life together to get behind this brilliant cause as well as get fit and healthy."

In addition to the main 10k race, there is a timed 3k race for younger athletes as well as a 1k children’s run which are sponsored by Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden.

Senior Vice President and Managing Director at Leavesden, Dan Dark said: "The Fun Run is a fantastic way of getting young people involved in fundraising for Watford Mencap. It’s a great community event and I’m really pleased to be supporting it again this year."

Every child who raises more than £25 will be entered into a draw to win a family ticket for Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter.

Dorothy Thornhill Mayor of Watford, who also attended the launch event, said: "Watford Mencap provides vital services for local people. With more money they could do many more fantastic things. Do join in or at the very least sponsor someone who is."

If you would like to sign up for the event, please visit