It's ready, steady, go as the Fun Run comes round again; CHARITY EVENT: Nearly 4,000 have already signed up - and more are expected.
MORE than 4,000 people will be pounding the streets of Coventry this weekend for the city's 24th annual Fun Run.
The 4 1/2 -mile run, which is aiming to raise about pounds 60,000 for good causes, will start and finish in War Memorial Park.
Almost 4,000 runners have already signed up to take part and raise money for a charity of their choice, but there is still time for extras to enter the race.
The event is organised by Coventry Building Society in association with Coventry Three Spires Round Table and supported by the Evening Telegraph.
In its 23 years the event has raised a staggering pounds 1,059,000 for a huge variety of charities and organisers are hoping this year's run will be the best yet.
Sunshine and warm temperatures are forecast and Fun Run chiefs are keeping their fingers crossed that the conditions will stay ideal for all the runners.
Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets to watch the event. Runners start gathering at the park at about 10am on Sunday.
Tina Shields, spokeswoman for Coventry Building Society, said: "We're approaching the 4,000 figure for runners already, which is fantastic and better than last year at this time.
"We usually have about 500 people sign up on the day so if that happens we'll do even better than last year. We raised pounds 57,000 last time and we're hoping to match or better that.
"It looks like it's going to be sunny on Sunday, which is good, but we hope it doesn't turn out as warm as last year, which was the hottest day of 2005."
The Fun Run is the biggest event in the country to be organised by a single Round Table branch and last year's event sent money to 127 different charities.
There will be water points en-route and runners are advised to drink plenty of water to keep hydrated, especially if the weather stays warm. To find out more about the Fun Run or print off an entry form log on to www.coventryfunrun.co.uk
D34022_1 ON YOUR MARKS... Neighbourhood wardens (from left) Geoff Barnsley, Sarah Hill, Robert Rowan, Dave Evans, Jermaine Evans, Stefan Overson, James Kirby, Marion Crampsie and Darren Crampsie. Picture: James Balfour