SUCCESSFUL Derby businessman Don Amott will run to raise money for sufferers of asbestos cancer.
Mr Amott is one of many who will take on the unusual race down a disused railway line.
The Great Northern Running Event takes place next month and organisers Huub http://huubdesign.com/ – a Derby-based triathlon kit-maker – say entry numbers are growing.
The event will include 2k and 10k races as well as a half marathon, all starting at Mickleover Sports Football Club, on March 6.
Runners will then travel down to Hilton via country lanes before joining the old Great Northern railway line.
The 2k family race will use footpaths instead.
Don Amott, chairman of Mickleover Sports FC and of caravan and motorhome manufacturer Don Amott Leisure Kingdom, has signed up for the event.
He said: "I would not regard myself as a runner so not sure how I will get on but I was keen to show my support for this and to give it a go.
"This is a great event for everyone and I really hope that the local community – both in Mickleover and further afield – will take this opportunity to enter or come along on the day and cheer on the runners.
"Local sports clubs rely on fund-raising and volunteers to keep going so we really need people to get behind the Great Northern event."
Huub had organised the event for the first time this year with Mickleover Cricket Club.
Funds raised will support the club's junior section with equipment and training costs as well as for Mesothelioma UK, which supports people with asbestos cancer.
Huub events race director Claire Duffin said: "The event has been organised to suit both experienced and novice runners as well as family members of all ages.
"Both the 10k and half marathon courses are UKA measured and have an England Athletic licence so all runners will be chip timed.
"The 10k and half marathon course is relatively flat and the perfect training for the marathon season.
"The fun run is on very flat and safe footpath which is ideal for young and novice runners."
Race HQ is based at Mickleover Sports Club, where there will be free car parking, toilets and changing facilities, refreshments and entertainment for families and friends supporting the runners.
All finishers of the 10k and half marathon will receive a t-shirt.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three men and ladies in both races.
All finishers of the fun run will receive a medal to commemorate their achievements.
Mickleover Cricket Club committee member Stuart Walker said: "This will be the third Great Northern and we are delighted to be working with Huub Events this year to hopefully make it the biggest event so far."