January 9, 2014 10.42 am This story is over 118 months old

Entries now open for 2014 Lincoln 10k

On your marks: Runners can now sign up for the 18th Lincoln 10k Road Race, with over 6,000 people expected to take part.

Online entries are now open for the 18th Lincoln Active Nation 10k Road Race, which is set to take place on April 5 and 6, 2014.

More than 6,000 people are expected to take part in the main event, wheelchair race and children’s races across the race weekend.

Entry to the 10k race will cost £21 for runners affiliated with a running club, or £23 for those unaffiliated.

Sporty youngsters can get involved for free on Saturday, April 5, when the 2.8km Direct Textiles Ltd Primary Schools Race, for nine to 11-years, starts at 9.15am; followed at 9.20am by the 5km Running Imp Secondary School Race for 11 to 14-year-olds. All children will receive a free t-shirt, medal and goody bag.

On Sunday, the wheelchair athletes race will set off at 10.55am, followed by the main event at 11am. Everyone who completes the course will be rewarded with a goody bag and medal for their efforts. Cash prizes will also be handed out for the fastest three finishers in the male, female, wheelchair male and wheelchair female categories.

This year runners will also be able to take advantage of free parking at Yarborough Leisure Centre and Sudbrooke Drive Community Centre.

A survey following last year’s event estimated the race brought more than £280,000 into Lincoln’s economy, through entrants and spectator spending on entertainment, shopping, hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions.

Steve Lockwood, Leisure, Sport and City Services Manager at City of Lincoln Council, said: “As a city rich in history and heritage, Lincoln offers a real treat for professional and fun runners alike to experience a fantastic atmosphere and a spectacular finish past Lincoln’s two most iconic landmarks – the cathedral and the castle.

“From humble beginnings with just 200 runners taking part, this event has grown to attract competitors from around the world. It’s a flat route ideal for setting a personal best, and a great day out for fun runners and spectators.”

Following its success last year, there will be the opportunity to sign up as part of a company team, made up of three men and three women, or an athletics team of four men and four women. Each team member’s time will be recorded and put forward for a group trophy.

You can enter online at lincoln10k.co.uk. Entries close at 4pm on Friday, March 21.