The endurance race is returning for the sixth year on Saturday 23 June, taking in 44 miles of tough terrain on the South West Coast Path from Lizard Point to Land’s End.
Originally the idea of Classic Cottages chairman Simon Tregoning, the Classic Quarter has chosen Cornwall Hospice Care as its nominated charity every year since its inception.
In 2011 the event attracted its most runners to date, with 310 men and women from across the UK and abroad taking part and raising more than £8,000 for the charity.
Fundraising for Cornwall Hospice Care is optional, but there is a 50 per cent discount on the entry fee for runners who pledge to raise a minimum of £200 for charity. With even more runners set to take part this year than ever before, organisers are hoping to raise a record amount for Cornwall Hospice Care.
Simon Tregoning, Chairman of Classic Cottages and founder of the Classic Quarter said: “Cornwall Hospice Care is a charity very close to my own heart. My father was cared for by the fantastic team at St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle before he passed away, and I knew when I first came up with the idea for the Classic Quarter that I wanted it to be an on-going fundraising event that could support the charity every year.
“Completing 44 miles of the South West Coast Path is of course an incredible challenge in itself, but I would like to encourage anyone taking part to also take on the extra challenge of raising money through sponsorship for Cornwall Hospice Care, to help them continue in the fantastic work they do across the county.”
To date, the Classic Quarter has raised more than £30,000 for Cornwall Hospice Care, which provides specialist palliative care at St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle and Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell.
Karen Holman, fundraising team leader at Cornwall Hospice Care said: “Cornwall Hospice Care really appreciates the support of Classic Cottages and runners taking part in the Classic Quarter. Cornwall Hospice Care provides adult hospice care to the people of Cornwall and with annual running costs of £6.8 million and just 13% funding we rely heavily on the support of the local community to ensure the continuation of our services and events such as this make a great contribution to our work.”
The 2012 Classic Quarter has been selected as an official qualifying event in the 2012 UK Ultra Running Championships for the first time, and will also be a part of the inaugural Ultra Trail South West (UTSW), which will give runners the option of continuing on past Land’s End to run either 60 or 100 miles of the Cornish coast.
There are still a few places for the Classic Quarter remaining, and runners can sign up to take part on their own or as a part of relay teams of two or four people.
For full details of the event and registration fees, please visit www.classicquarter.co.uk.
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