TY Hafan, RSPCA Llys Nini and Great Ormond Street Hospital will be among the beneficiaries from the annual mascot race at the Admiral Swansea Bay 10k later this month.
Now, with just over a week to go until the big race, the mascots taking part have been in training for their 100-metre dash on Sunday September 24.
The 100-metre dash will start 10 minutes after the main race outside St Helen’s.
Some of the mascots taking part include Sparky from Cerebra, Ozzy from the Ospreys, the bookstart bear from the Swansea Library Service, Gordon the gorilla from Go Ape, Tommy the turtle from the LC and Bertie the badger from St John Ambulance. Jagger from Heart FM and Prince Einon from Llys Nini will also be racing, along with Popty and Mr Leek from Jermin Productions.
Other charities benefitting from the mascot race include St John Ambulance, Cerebra, Central Beacons Mountain Rescue, the Ospreys community fund, Global’s Make Some Noise and the Lord Mayor’s charity fund.
Swansea Council is behind the Admiral Swansea Bay 10k, which also includes 1k, 3k and 5k races for juniors.
Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: “The Admiral Swansea Bay 10k isn’t just a terrific event to take part in – it’s also a great event for spectators, with thousands of people lining the sweep of Swansea Bay to watch their friends and loved ones race.
“Over the years, the mascot race has become a key part of the event, giving lots of entertainment for onlookers while also helping raise funds for so many worthwhile charities. It adds a fun element to a family-friendly event that meets the needs of elite athletes, charity fundraisers and people looking to conquer their personal fitness challenges.”
Any organisation that would like their mascot to take part in the 100-metre dash should contact Lindsay Sleeman at Swansea Council on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01792 635428.
All places for the other races on the day are now taken, with no late entries being accepted.