Great Ponton 10k race to be held in memory of Grace

Runner Grace Plant was an inspiration to others.

Runner Grace Plant was an inspiration to others.

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A memorial event will take place in Great Ponton this month in memory of a running coach who died in August aged 54.

Friends say Grace Plant, who died of cancer, was an inspirational coach and encouraged many people to take part in running.

The event, called Grace’s Gallop, will take place in Great Ponton on Sunday, November 24, and is a 10km walk or run. Walkers will start at 10am and runners half an hour later from next to the UKchasers cross country horse course. Grace was a keen horserider and rode regularly on the course.

All proceeds from the event will go to Macmillan Cancer Support, a cause very close to Grace’s and her family’s hearts.

Close friend Paul Davidson said: “Grace was a very keen horserider and this is a unique chance for people to go walking, jogging or running there as it was her favourite training course.”

Mr Davidson added: “Grace ran six or seven London Marathons. She helped lots of people get into running and in the last couple of years she worked with the beginners’ group at The Meres, helping people get into the first steps of running. And she kept running right up until she fell ill.

“If the event is well supported it could become an annual event.”

To take part in the event go to bit.ly/1buL7Me

Entry on the day is £15 and in advance it is £8 (affiliated) or £10 (unaffiliated).

There will be no prizes but everyone taking part is invited to enjoy soup and cakes and refreshments in the village hall afterwards.

The event has been sponsored by Chandlers, who Grace used to work for.