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Homeless charity Shelter holds race starting in Stratford's Olympic Park

PUBLISHED: 10:02 20 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:02 20 August 2018

Runners from a former Urban Rush racing through the centre of London. Picture: Shelter

Runners from a former Urban Rush racing through the centre of London. Picture: Shelter

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Homeless charity Shelter are holding a fun run in Newham.

Starting at the Olympic Park, Urban Rush will be a 15-mile race from Stratford, winding along the Thames through the east end, before finishing in Putney.

Newham has the highest number of homeless people of any London borough, with one in 25 people believed to live without a roof over their heads.

Runners can sign up on their own for £29 or as a group of four for £119. You’ll also have to pledge to raise £229 if you’re a solo runner or £799 as a group.

Shelter was set up in 1966, and has been campaigning since to tackle poor standards of housing and support homeless people.

In June, Newham’s mayor Rokhsana Fiaz repeated a pledge to make tackling homeless a priority, promising to set up a 20-bed homeless centre in the borough and increasing pop-up daycare facilities.

All participants of Rush will be given a running top, chip-timed results, medal and free massage once they’re done. It will begin on October 7 at 9.30am, sign up at shelter.org.uk/urbanrush.

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