ON YOUR marks, get set, go!

RUNNERS of all ages and abilities are being encouraged to get on their running shoes and start training for this year's Dorchester Lions Fun Run.

This year marks the thirty-fifth year of the Fun Run and over the years the popular community event has raised more than £220,000 for good causes.

And this year there is a choice of two runs, a relaxed 2k run or if you want to push yourself, a timed 10k run.

Andy Rose from Dorchester Lions said: "The Lions really look forward to putting on the Fun Run each year because it provides a great opportunity for everyone to raise money for their favourite cause or charity.

"We thank the public for continuing to support our events and we're looking forward to another successful Fun Run.

Half of money pledged by runners with go to their nominated good cause and the other half will go to supporting the Lions.

Dorchester Lions are especially proud to have donated to more than 20 good causes this year, including £1,000 to Dorset Mind as well as helping the Dorchester Disabled Group with £1,000 towards their minibus appeal.

The Lions will also be supporting the Cancer Appeal for the radiotherapy unit at Dorset County Hospital.

The Mayor of Dorchester, Councillor Tim Harries, has confirmed his attendance and support to the event.

Plus, Dorchester's very own 'Flying Nun', Sister Augustine, will be travelling from Falmouth for what will be her thirty-third Fun Run.

Sine 1984 she has raised more than £32,000 for her own favourite charities, including the Dorchester Poverty Action Group and the local hospice in Falmouth.

The Fun Run is open to all and the 10k run could provide some last minute training for those taking on the London Marathon.

Age is no barrier to the Lions' event. Individuals, teams, groups, clubs, schools, organisations and businesses are all welcome.

The Dorchester Lions are always keen to get feedback from the public about new ideas for their events.

The event is being held on Sunday, May 14, starting from the Dorchester Middle School in Coburg Road.

Runners can also pick up entry forms in Dorchester at Gould's Gift Store in South Street, at the 1610 Sports Centre or the Tourist Information Desk during library opening hours.

Registration will be from 9amon the day, with the first run starting at 10.25am.

For more details, including the route of both runs, information and entry forms, visit lionsdorchester.org.uk