Jennings Junior Jog will be perfect tribute to big race stalwart

Run Barns Green has launched a new race this year to celebrate its 40th anniversary - and to pay tribute to a stalwart of the event.

The Jennings Junior Jog will take place on the village green at 12.30pm on race day, September 25, giving youngsters aged four to 11 the chance to compete in a 750m colour run, with all getting a medal.

It is named after long-term chairman and race director of Run Barns Green, Vernon Jennings, who died earlier this year.

It was always his aim to create a race for youngsters and the committee are delighted this will now happen.

Much-missed - Vernon Jennings

The Jennings Junior Jog will take place just over two hours after the start of the half marathon and 10k races.

Run Barns Green started in 1982 so is marking its 40th anniversary in style.

Race director Nigel Currie said: “We are delighted to announce details of our new Jennings Junior Jog. Our much missed former chairman would have loved to have seen youngsters getting the chance to take part in their own race and we are determined to make it a permanent event and develop it over the coming years.

"We look forward to welcoming as many runners as possible to take part in one of our three races. For all competitors there is plenty of free parking and a warm-up exercise routine prior to the half marathon and 10k races and for the Jennings Junior Jog.”

Action from a previous Run Barns Green

For the Jennings Junior Jog there will be on-the-day registration; for the half marathon and 10k races, registrations are open on the website; runbarnsgreen.org.uk