This Saturday (25 March) sees the sixth Poets Path Potter, a charity fundraising event for runners and walkers in Dymock, Gloucestershire with five distances to choose from – 8 miles (two options), 10 miles, 16 miles and a marathon, all off-road. Races are held on the locally famous Poets Path I, Poets Path II and the Daffodil Way, known for their scenic views and undulating terrain.
The proceeds from the event will be divided equally between Dymock Cricket Club, Friends of the Dymock Poets and Sport for Good, set up by the organisers Ed & Phil Active. This charity uses sport to improve the lives of individuals and communities across the UK.
As well as fundraising, this event celebrates the literary tradition of the area, i.e. the ‘Dymock Poets’ who spent a period of time there in the years preceding the First World War. Ed and Phil ‘Resident Poet’ and runner Kathy Tytler mark this legacy with a running themed poetry reading before the start.
All five races start at 9am with the longer distances requiring the entrants to complete multiple loops. The paths are marked with tape; however, a degree of self-sufficiency is needed with runners and walkers provided with maps, route descriptions and a kit list.
All finishers will receive a commemorative medal featuring a different design this year, goody bag and souvenir copies of printed maps featuring the poetic history of the three routes. They also have the opportunity to win spot prizes from race sponsors and sold by Ed & Phil Active.
Online entries have closed but people can enter on the day by visiting the event website