On your marks, get set... eat doughnuts!

OLYMPIC RING DOUGHNUTS Athlete Iwan Thomas with some snacks.  Picture: Malcolm Wells 121710-5156)
OLYMPIC RING DOUGHNUTS Athlete Iwan Thomas with some snacks. Picture: Malcolm Wells 121710-5156)
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EATING doughnuts is not something that’s usually associated with the Olympic Games.

But one local charity will be celebrating the Games by organising a 5k run – where people must stop halfway to enjoy three of the sugar-packed snacks.

The Hampshire Autistic Society is hosting the ‘Doughnut Dash’ at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth on Sunday, July 29.

It’s a unique event where runners are challenged to run eight laps around the track, before being invited to eat three doughnuts.

They will then have to complete five more laps of the track.

Krispy Kreme will provide the doughnuts on the day.

Olympic athlete Iwan Thomas was on hand to launch the event at the charity’s headquarters in Whiteley yesterday.

Iwan said: ‘I can’t believe I’m not going to make it because the Olympics are on. I love doughnuts.

‘It’s a great idea – as long as people aren’t sick. The problem will be if people get too excited and run too quickly.

‘The nation is going to go crazy about sport at that time so let’s add a fun element to it.’

Speaking of the charity itself, Iwan added: ‘They are really good. I wish I could help out more. I have done quite a few things for them over the years.

‘They do great work. They help families through life.

‘It’s nice to be a part of it. It’s just a shame I can’t be there because I think I would win it.’

Besides having a sweet tooth and a strong stomach, runners will have to pace themselves if they are to successfully complete the challenge.

Kerry James, events and senior trust fundraiser for the charity, said: ‘It’s just to make it a bit of fun. It makes it a bit more challenging.

‘We are trying to encourage everyone to take part. We wanted to do an event that coincides with the Olympics.’

There will also be children’s doughnut races and a 4x400m doughnut relay for teams where batons will be exchanged for doughntuts.

All money raised will go towards the Hampshire Autistic Society. To find out more about taking part visit doughnutdash.co.uk