‘Olympic’ doughnut dash will not be for the faint-hearted

YUMMY Iwan Thomas with Kerry James of the Hampshire Autistic Society. Picture: Malcolm Wells (121710-7864)
YUMMY Iwan Thomas with Kerry James of the Hampshire Autistic Society. Picture: Malcolm Wells (121710-7864)

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OLYMPIC fever continues to grip the nation – but runners will go nuts for doughnuts at a fundraising event this weekend.

The Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth will host the Doughnut Dash on Sunday for keen athletes eager to test out their eating and running skills for a good cause.

And the event is not for the faint-hearted.

Teams will be asked to run 13 laps around the athletics track – but then eat three Krispy Kreme doughnuts at the half-way stage.

The event has been organised by Dave King, who wanted to hold a unique event to coincide with the sporting spectacle unfolding in London.

Proceeds will go towards the Hampshire Autistic Society, which provides a range of services and schools in the country.

Mr King said: ‘Doughnuts and running – they are my two favourite pursuits, so here’s an Olympic challenge which will tantalise the tastebuds of most sportsmen and women.

‘Since we launched the race in May, there has been a lot of interest from people wanting to take part in what should be a fun and unique event.’

Former Olympic silver medallist Iwan Thomas helped launch the event in May.

He said: ‘I love doughnuts and this is a great idea, as well as a fun way to get people involved and excited about the Olympics.

‘Even if you are not an elite athlete, you can take part to raise awareness of autism, and raise money for such a worthy charity.

‘I just wish I was free on the day as it will be great fun – and I think I could win!’

Entries will be accepted on the day from 10am on the track, with the race starting at 11am.

There will also be a one and a two-lap version for children.

Kerry James, interim fundraising manager at the charity, said: ‘It’s fantastic.

‘Dave has been a supporter of the charity for 10 years and he wanted to do something tongue-in-cheek with the Olympics.

‘Hopefully the weather will hold out for us.

‘We are looking for more and more people to hold events as we want to reach out to a wider audience.

‘We like people coming up with something a bit original and unique that everyone can get involved with.’

For more details of the weekend event go to doughnutdash.co.uk