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A thousand people expected to gather in Fakenham for day of Easter fun

PUBLISHED: 11:44 06 March 2019 | UPDATED: 16:01 06 March 2019

The Fakenham Easter Sunday Funday 5K race in the town's market place in 2018. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Fakenham Easter Sunday Funday 5K race in the town's market place in 2018. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Around 1,000 people are expected to visit Fakenham town centre for a day of sporting activities later this year.

The Fakenham Easter Sunday Funday Fun Run 1K race in the town's market place in 2018. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Fakenham Easter Sunday Funday Fun Run 1K race in the town's market place in 2018. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Easter Sunday Funday, organised by Active Fakenham, will take place on Sunday, April 21 and is set to include cycle races, a 5k run, a fun run and a toddle ‘n’ trike event.

Both the runs and cycle races are officially endorsed by UK Athletics and British Cycling respectively and the day will see the town centre roads close from the morning until the evening.

Active Fakenham chairman Richard Crook said: “It brings people to the town. It is a real mixture of local people and we also bring in visitors.

“The toddle ‘n’ trike event is really funny, under-5s are running around with their parents. Hundreds take part in the runs.

Cycling at the Fakenham Easter Sunday Funday. Picture: John LloydCycling at the Fakenham Easter Sunday Funday. Picture: John Lloyd

“It’s a big event and it’s great that we can have it in the town centre.”

The day will start at 10.30am with the 5k run, followed by the 1k fun run and under-5s toddle ‘n’ trike event.

The first of four cycle races then takes place at 1.15pm, with the last race starting at 4pm. The roads then reopen at 7pm.

This is the fourth year Active Fakenham has organised the event and Mr Crook said people are coming back to the town because of it.

The Fakenham Easter Sunday Funday Fun Run 1K race in the town's market place in 2018. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Fakenham Easter Sunday Funday Fun Run 1K race in the town's market place in 2018. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

He added: “One man emailed me and said he had managed to convince his family to have a short break in Norfolk. People see it and come back.

“It’s attracting tourists. We’ve had a lot of support from local businesses.

“It’s a boost for some of the cafés, restaurants and pubs that are open. Businesses open especially because of it.”

Those wishing to take part in one of the Easter Sunday Funday activities can book a place now.

For more information about the day and to book your place for one of the events, visit www.activefakenham.org.uk or contact Richard via email on richard@activefakenham.org.uk.

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