Sponsor Truro and Penwith College is proud to unveil the new eye catching colour of this year’s running shirt for The ROC 5K charity fun run. This popular annual event, which has a brand new route this year, is taking place from Truro’s Lemon Quay after work on Tuesday 27th June. With more than 300 participants registered already, the organisers hope for a record turnout. 

The ROC 5K is the major source of support for ROC Welcome, a vibrant social club for people with learning disabilities, which is based at Truro College. ROC Welcome is part of United Response, a national disability charity that works with people with learning disabilities and mental health needs. The club is is probably the largest of its kind in the county and is entirely dependent on charitable donations.

For information about The ROC 5K go to www.unitedresponse.org.uk/ROC5K2017 Pre-registration is essential because the event has sold out for the past two years. The minimum age is 11.

Students holding new ROC 5K shirt

The high quality, technical running shirt features the logos of all 37 corporate partners, including Truro and Penwith College which has been a major sponsor from the very first event, nearly 4 years ago. The shirts are delivered to participants ahead of race day so that all participants wear the same shirt.

Theresa Edwards, programme team leader for Foundation Studies students at Truro and Penwith College, said: "The College is proud to support The ROC 5K. Staff and students across the College sign up to take part and the Foundation Studies department is always well represented. The College supports the event with promotion to its local business contacts, and on race day we provide the PA system, warm up instructors and physios for everyone taking part."

Sam Mitchell, Foundation Studies lecturer said: "The intentional inclusion of people with learning and other disabilities is a distinguishing feature of The ROC 5K. The new, flat route provides equality of access and promotes a culture of physical activity, especially among those who do not see themselves as runners. Foundation Studies staff all get great satisfaction from supporting the students taking part; we have a record 60 entrants this year!"

Louise Aspinall, senior staff secretary, is a sports activator for the College’s Health, Wellbeing and Sport Programme (HWS) and coordinates a college running club. HWS work tirelessly to encourage staff and students to get active, and have won a number of awards for their success. Louise commented; “the ROC 5K is a fantastic event for a very worthy charity and the new route makes it accessible for both first time participants and experienced runners. Students and staff across the College are always keen to get involved and I have already registered my place!”

Calvin Lovelock, from United Response, said: "I’m so grateful for the tremendous, multi-faceted support of the College. The ROC 5K is a wonderful occasion in which people can come together and have fun. However, to walk, jog or run The ROC 5K is about much more than simply raising vitally needed funds. It’s about taking a stand - as an army of orange - for a kinder, safer and more inclusive Cornwall in which people of all abilities can flourish." 

While Truro’s Lemon Quay piazza remains the start and finish point, the new route of this year’s ROC 5K fun run takes in the Newham side of the Truro River and the historic city centre including the Cathedral, the Royal Cornwall Museum and The Leats.

Last year’s ROC 5K was a sell-out occasion, with 500 community spirited people taking part who helped to raise £17,000. With a new route, even more people can take part. People of all abilities can run, jog or walk the ROC 5K. The minimum age to participate is 11.

For information about The ROC 5K go to www.unitedresponse.org.uk/ROC5K2017

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