Get set for the Puffaten races at Kings Langley, started by MP Mike Penning

Kings Langley Primary School and Comets Running Club re-launch the Puffaten races. Picture: Eddie Dillon ProMedia
Kings Langley Primary School and Comets Running Club re-launch the Puffaten races. Picture: Eddie Dillon ProMedia
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The call is out from Kings Langley Primary School inviting runners for this year’s three Puffaten races with distances of 1.5k, 3k and 10k.

Hemel Hempstead MP and Home Office and Justice Minister Mike Penning will be guest of honour, starting all three races on Sunday, June 14, from 10.3am, and handing out medals to all the finishers.

Head teacher Paula Harris said: “We have been very lucky again this year to have a number of local sponsors which means all the profits go to local charities.

“The three races – 1.5k, 3k and 10k – mean there are distances for people of every age and every ability – even mums and dads with pushchairs. We expect the 1.5k race to last no more than 10 minutes but it will be more fiercely contested than the 100 metres at the Olympics. Fortunately, everyone goes away with a medal!”

Mr Penning will be assisted in his quest by Batman and Robin, who will also be making sure everyone is nicely warmed up before the fun runs.

Race director Alan Johnson said: “Thanks to all the local publicity we have more marshals and officials this year. It doesn’t take very long, but it means all the runners have some friendly faces and vocal support for their efforts. There will also be cyclists at the front and back of each run to ensure we count them all out and count them all back!”

This year the organisers expect more runners to take part in all three events, mostly from local villages and schools.

Kate Chadwick, another organiser, added: “Of course, we’d also like to see more people taking part or supporting the runners as they run along residential roads and the top of the High Street and Hempstead Road, but we are already planning next year’s event on June 12, 2016, when we will be working with our neighbours Kings Langley School to help with their fundraising activities, meaning a welcome increase in the number of school-age runners in the 10k.”

Entries are accepted on the day. Entry forms are also available from Kings Langley Primary School in Common Lane or can be downloaded from their website. Runners for all three runs can also enter online at www.runnersworld.co.uk/events