WORCESTERSHIRE running enthusiasts are being encouraged to get in shape ready for the Timberhonger 10km road race which takes place in July.

The race has become firmly established on the athletics calendar and forms part of Bromsgrove Carnival weekend.

This year's event will prove the 17th running of the race, which over the years has raised in excess of £50,000 for local good causes.

Money raised from this year's event will help support Primrose Hospice, Libby Mae's Little Angels and the Midland Air Ambulance.

The race will also incorporate a 'Children's Challenge' for under-15 year olds which takes place entirely within the confines of Sanders Park.

Every youngster taking part will get a finishers medal and there are prizes available for winners in three different age category.

Such is the popularity of the Timberhonger 10 that last year's race attracted a field of over 600 runners and organisers are hoping to beat that total this time.

The race takes place on the evening of Saturday, July 13 and race director Mark Graham said: "We've changed our branding for this year so there are new medals for all finishers featuring the new race logo.

"We've also commissioned a Timberhonger beer especially for the race for Gadds Brewery which will be available for runners over 18-years-old, which I can confirm tastes very good indeed."

Local athletic club Kingfisher Harriers will be helping to marshal the event as well as having members taking part, who will be easily identified in their distinctive orange kit.

Kingfisher chairman Ernie Heaton said: "To be asked to host the event this year is a fantastic opportunity for the club. We had fun supporting the event last year. It's fun and there's just a wee slope.

"We hope to be involved with the race for many years to come."

For details visit timberhonger10k.co.uk