Runners crossing the finishing line at Sudbury Fun Run can look forward to a precise recording of their achievement.
For the first time in its history, the annual five-mile event, for which entry is now open, is using chip timers that will be attached to each competitor’s trainer.
Sarah Pennock, a committee member of Sudbury Joggers, which organises the run, said it was hoped the technology would give the race an extra edge.
“It is all fairly straight forward, but this should ensure an even more accurate time,” she said.
The run, which starts in Station Road and finishes at Belle Vue Park, will take place on April 18. It has 500 places open to runners and no limit for walkers.
Money raised will go towards The Bridge Project, the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Marion Blower Appeal, which is supported by the Free Press.
“All the committee felt it was right to help out with the appeal,” said Mrs Pennock, who lives in Head Lane, Great Cornard.
“A lot of us know Marion from her work at Sudbury Resource Centre and it is a cause close to people’s hearts.”
Last year, the fun run, which has been taking place since the early 1980s, was faced with mounting road safety costs, until the town council stepped in to help manage the event.
“Everything is in place, but we still need sponsors,” said Mrs Pennock.
“Without them, we are taking money away from charity to pay costs.”
To enter the fun run, go to www.sudburyfunrun.co.uk.