The Camp Hill Estate, near Bedale, is to host the first Alf Tupper 10km cross-country race to support local charity The Acorn Committee.
The race, which will take place on Sunday, October 19, is looking to raise money for the charity for people with dementia and their carers in Yorkshire, and for research into Scleroderma disease.
The Alf Tupper 10K is described as a “no-gimmicks event and a good old-fashioned 10km cross-country race that Alf, the comic-strip running hero, would have enjoyed taking part in”.
Robert Ropner, from the Camp Hill Estate, said: “We are really pleased to be raising money for this important local charity and hope that we can really make a difference for them.
“We hope that we will have lots of runners taking part in the Alf Tupper as it is going to be really good fun. It is a back-to-basics race; the mud is already here, the gates and fences are your hurdles, the ditches and fallen trees are your challenge.”
Alf Tupper was a post-war comic strip hero, a northern working-class lad who became a fixture in boys’ comics The Victor and The Rover for more than 40 years in his series entitled Tough of the Track.
Alf, the eternal underdog, faced plenty of pitfalls as he got in shape for each big race. He took on and beat snooty opponents with his catchphrase “I’ve run ‘em”, then would celebrate afterwards with fish ‘n’ chips.
To take part in the cross country race you can register as an individual or as a group. Visit www.camphill.co.uk/alf-tupper-10k for more information.