Organisers of the annual Newmarket Heath Race are hoping to see more than 200 runners top the entry list and tackle this year’s event.
Last year 173 runners made up of those from various clubs across the area, racing yards in town and members of the public took to the famous gallops to take part in the six-kilometre contest which is staged by the Newmarket Joggers.
Despite this year’s race still being three weeks away, more than 50 people have already signed up using the online entry system.
“We always like to get over the 100 mark as it makes the whole thing worthwhile putting on but in recent years we have had over 200 turn up on a regular basis and that is what we are hoping for again,” said Carolynn Anderson, chairman of the club.
For the past two years, proceeds from the popular off-road race have been donated to the Cambridgeshire branch of head injury charity Headway.
This year any money raised from the race on May 1 will be handed over to The New Astley Club, which is soon to be re-named The Racing Centre.
“We always like to give money to a racing-based charity and we decided to go for the The New Astley Club as they cover for everyone involved in racing in Newmarket whether they are young or old,” said Miss Anderson.
“They have always been very supportive of us as a club and we would like to give something back to them.”
Online entry costs £8 for EA affiliated athletes and £10 for all other runners.
Entry on the night costs £10 for EA affiliated athletes and £12 for all other runners.
A children’s fun run will take place at 7pm, before the main race starts at 7.30pm.