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With just under eight weeks left to go until this year’s Purbrook Ladies Five, women have been urged to get their trainers on and start running.

The event is run by Portsmouth Joggers every year and the 2012 five-mile race takes place on Sunday June 24.

Running club members can take part for £7.50, it will cost non-members £9.50 and £11 for runners who turn up on the day.

Members and non-members can take part in free training sessions between now and the race every Wednesday.

The sessions start at 6.30pm from the tennis courts off Purbrook Heath Road and runners will complete the race-day course.

Men and women can attend, although the race is ladies-only.

Runners must arrive before the 6.30pm start, bring water and wear fluorescent or light-coloured clothes and suitable trainers.

You don’t have to be a club member to take part. Instead, those interested in joining the session will be able to try it out before having to commit to paying the club’s annual membership fee.

The training sessions give runners a chance to familiarise themselves with the undulating course ahead of the event.

‘The good thing about the Ladies Five is that it attracts all sorts of runners,’ says club member Sharon Bryan.

‘You’re not asked to raise sponsorship money but we give a donation to the Rowans Hospice from the proceeds of the race.

‘It’s a challenging course but it’s such a nice route and we have a small prize giving after the race.

‘The training sessions give people a chance to get round the course before the race.’

To find out more, log on to pjc.org.uk