THE popular Portskewett & Sudbrook 5km fun run is scheduled for this Sunday (April 30), with organiser hoping for a fine day to encourage last-minute entries.

But Phil Lee, who holds the course record of 20 minutes 11 seconds, will not be running as he is recovering from an operation but intends to be there to support fellow runners.

“There should be a good field this year as Caldicot Running Club and Undy & Redwick Runners are using the 5km as part of their Club Championships,” he said.

“There should be some there that can easily beat my time. I really hope to see a good turnout this year."

The run which has only missed one year since its inception in 2015, offers local people of all ages and abilities the chance to run or walk the flat course.

Proceeds from the event are used to improve the park in Portskewett and has been used as a training run by a number of local athletes and as a fundraising effort by local boxers.

One of the run’s organisers, Paul Lovell, hopes the run will raise funds for further improvements.

“We have been helped tremendously by Lovell Homes – no relation - this year,” he said.

“They have provided materials and helped us obtain funding to create a wildflower area, with paths and fencing, an ongoing project which is well underway.”

The course is completely within the park’s boundary and entries can be made on the day.

The adult race is at 11am and the 1km Children’s Trail is at noon.