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Join us by walking, jogging or running our fantastic 5km event on Sunday 10 July 2016

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Kick start your summer healthy exercise regime by taking part in the Eliot Fun 5km event, on Sunday 10 July 2016, to support Orthopaedics patients at the hospital. You can walk, jog, run or even dog walk the route which starts outside the George Eliot Hospital Training and Education Centre.

You can take a gentle stroll around the hospital grounds or the route which travels around Ensor’s Pool or run the whole course. The event starts at 11am and all participants will receive a medal on the day for just taking part.

You can either register in advance or sign up on the day for the event. The entrance fee is £5 for adults and £3 for children under 16. Dogs can take part for free if accompanied by a responsible owner. Please make cheques payable to 'George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust - Charitable Funds'.

A registration form and further information can be found on our website.

Here are a few useful tips for those planning to jog or run the event.

  • Ensure you have a good pair of running shoes. Running socks could also help to reduce blisters.
  • Don’t worry too much about specialist running clothing, just wear something loose and comfortable made from a breathable material, such as cotton. Women will also benefit from wearing a sports bra.
  • Don’t just start running. Warm up with a few stretching exercises or a brisk walk for a few minutes to loosen up.
  • After the run keep walking to warm down and try a few stretches as this will help your muscles to gradually relax.
  • A good running technique will help make your runs less tiring and reduce the risk of injury. Avoid striking the ground with your heel or your forefoot first. Landing on the middle of your foot is the safest way to land. Your foot should land below your hips – not right in front of you.
  • Food is important. You need energy but too much can leave you feeling heavy and bloated. Avoid large meals within two hours of a run. A light snack, such as a banana is fine.
  • Try to drink water regularly throughout the day; this will leave you hydrated enough for running. Drinking a lot prior to running can also leave you feeling bloated. Carry a drink with you on your run but try not to drink too much.
  • Finally, whether you are running, jogging or walking just have fun.


Funds raised from the event will benefit the many patients who benefit from this busy service at the hospital which treats patients with injuries and conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system (the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves). 

You may be referred to a Trauma and Orthopaedic Consultant for treatment of an injury such as a bone fracture or a long-term condition that's developed over many years, such as Osteoarthritis.  

For more information please contact Jean Whittaker MBE on 024 7686 5400 or Raj Reddy on 02476 86 5633 or email communications@geh.nhs.uk

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