WORCESTERSHIRE runners are set to tackle a challenging new race to a hilltop tower.

The 10k Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run 2017 starts and finishes at picturesque Bredon Cricket Club, near Pershore, on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

The marshalled route follows pretty country lanes, tracks and paths to the 299m summit of Bredon Hill.

The hilltop is marked by an Iron Age fort and the 18th-century Parson’s Folly tower, and it boasts glorious views of the surrounding countryside.

Entry costs just £10 and includes a pre-race warm-up led by a qualified Zumba instructor.

After the run (which is organised in association with the Crown Inn, Kemerton), participants and their families and friends will enjoy musical entertainment and a barbecue at the cricket club, where the licensed bar will be open. There will also be a bouncy castle for younger children.

The run, which starts at 10am, is open to just 200 and is expected to be oversubscribed. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Runners must be aged 16 to 75. All entrants receive a finisher’s medal, and there will be trophies for first male finisher, first female finisher and first member of Bredon Cricket Club to finish.

Run organiser Jennie Warren said: “Our tower run promises to be one of the most exhilarating and rewarding challenges of the year.

“It is a fabulous route: tough but scenic, and we are laying on some wonderful entertainment for runners, their families and friends when they finish.

“We cannot wait to welcome run entrants to Bredon Cricket Club on May 28.”

Ms Warren said that although many entrants would be aiming to test themselves, the run is mainly about having fun.

“People should go at their own pace, and they can even walk it if they want to.”

Money raised will go to Bredon Cricket Club and the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

To find out more and register for the run visit www.bredoncricketclub.com/bredon-cricket-club-tower-run-2017