This year’s ROC 5K (3 mile) charity fun run will take place after work on Tuesday 27th June 2017. The annual event raises vital funds for ROC, which is now part of United Response, a charity which supports vulnerable people with learning disabilities.

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

People can register to take part now on www.unitedresponse.org.uk/ROC5K2017

The date was announced at a recent reception at the Gallery Café in Lemon Street Market, Truro, which was generously sponsored by GJ Hendra Ltd. More than 70 business and community leaders attended including the Mayor of Truro, Cllr Rob Nolan who has made ROC his official charity during his year in office.

Five major sponsors


Last year, 500 community spirited individuals and teams from all over the county took part in The ROC 5K in a sell-out event. A record £17,000 was raised for ROC. And with a new route, this year’s entry limit has been raised to 650 and with it, the potential to become one of the largest events of its type in the West Country. People of all abilities - and disabilities - can run, jog or walk The ROC 5K. The minimum age is 11.

The funds raised by The ROC 5K support ROC Welcome, the charity’s vibrant social club based at Truro College. Very recently one of ROC’s services was awarded an Outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission - possibly one of only two providers in the country to have been recognized in this way for a third time.

This year’s ROC 5K has already attracted the support of more than 30 businesses and organisations. Major sponsors include PKF Francis Clark, Great Western Railway, Cornish Mutual and Truro & Penwith College.

PKF Francis Clark partner Luke Bennett said: "The firm was the first to back The ROC 5K more than three years ago when the event started with just 250 runners. I’m delighted we are continuing as a major sponsor especially as the event looks set to go up to yet another level. My colleague Anthony Meehan designed the new route; he also co-ordinates our staff running club, which always sees a surge in interest in the lead in to The ROC 5K."  

Great Western Railway’s general manager David Crome said: "I’m delighted that ROC now has the funding to actively create a network of partner employers who are committed to the charity’s three stage process of prepared work place inclusion. All ROC’s services have this as a primary outcome – and we’re proud that Great Western Railway is playing its part in this endeavor, as well as supporting The ROC 5K."

Managing Director of Cornish Mutual Alan Goddard said: “Cornish Mutual has been a main sponsor of the ROC 5K since the very first race. However our support for the charity extends beyond the race to community engagement activities like ten pin bowling and archery evenings with the people ROC supports. Very recently, a group of new employees completely repainted the shop on ROC’s Boscawen Farm - a great team building challenge.’

Therese Edwards, programme team leader for Foundation Studies students at Truro and Penwith College, said: “The College hosts the main Wednesday club night for ROC Welcome. The social club is about building confidence, relationships and wellbeing – and creating bridges into the community. The College is delighted to once again be supporting this very worthwhile charity – and encouraging our own students to get involved.’

Therese Timberlake, operations director, said: ‘My thanks go to everyone who attended our launch reception and expressed such strong support for ROC. This event has raised £38,000 for ROC in the past 3 years and is a vital platform for the sustainability of our local activities. We hope 650 people will take their places on the starting line for this year’s      ROC 5K and have a lot of fun while raising vital funds for the people we support.’

The ROC 5K 2017 will take place on Tuesday 27th June with runners coming under starter’s orders at 6.30pm. It will start and finish at Truro’s Lemon Quay, take in the Newham side of the river and the historic city centre. Pre-event registration is recommended to guarantee your place.

For more information and to secure your place visit www.unitedresponse.org.uk/ROC5K2017

For more information, please contact ROC’s Calvin Lovelock on 07525 411773 or email: [email protected]

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