A specialist college near Oswestry is urging runners to complete a 13-mile half marathon to help raise money towards therapy and fitness facilities to benefit its students.

Derwen College, in Gobowen, has teamed up with the organisers of the Shrewsbury Half Marathon to offer free places to two runners who want to run for and raise funds for the college on Sunday, 17th June.

This year, the college – which works with young adults with learning difficulties – is aiming to raise £60,000 towards an exciting new project to re-develop its sport and fitness facilities. The plans include a much-needed upgrade of the current swimming pool and sports hall, and a brand new hydrotherapy pool, which will provide a valuable therapy resource for those with limited movement and agility.

Representatives from Derwen College will be volunteering on the day, cheering on runners, and handing out water, and will have an information tent at the main start and finish point. They are now looking for two runners to take on the 13-mile course and to raise sponsorship. Runners who have already signed up for Shrewsbury Half are also invited to run for Derwen College.

Anna Evans, Fundraiser at Derwen College said: “This is an ideal opportunity for anyone wanting to take part in the Shrewsbury Half Marathon, and raise funds for a great cause. Every penny raised this year will go towards our £60K appeal, which will help us provide important facilities for therapy treatment for our students.”

Race Director Joe Williams commented: “We are looking forward to welcoming lots of runners supporting Derwen College at this year’s race, and we wish the college all the best with their fundraising to re-develop its sport and fitness facilities. The Shrewsbury Half Marathon is well known for its community spirit and huge local support, and it’s not too later to enter. A big thank you also goes to the volunteers from Derwen College.”

Karen Cartwright, Physiotherapist at Derwen College said: “This centre will enable our students to access a variety of exercise environments to meet a wide range of individual needs. It will foster a healthy approach to fitness among all students and continue a long tradition of active sports at the college.”

If you would like a place at Shrewsbury Half Marathon to raise funds for Derwen College, or would like to know more about DC Charity fundraising, then please contact Anna Evans on 01691 661234 or email anna.evans@derwen.ac.uk

More details of the Shrewsbury Half Marathon can be found at: http://www.shrewsburyhalf.co.uk/