A UNIQUE trophy for the fastest team at this year's Crocodile 8 multi terrain race has been donated in honour of the legendary coach Vic Tarrant.

Tarrant who time kept for the Crocodile 8 for many years passed away earlier this year at the age of 85.

He left a remarkable legacy within the county in terms of promoting and encouraging running for all ages.

Burghill Community Academy running coach Nikki Tylor, who has donated the trophy, is continuing in his legacy and has inspired many children from the school to take up running.

The Crocodile 8 race, taking place on May 26, is now in its 21st year.

The race begins at Burghill Community Academy and is competed over 8.8 miles.

After leaving the village runners begin the trickiest part of the race - Badnage woods (from a distance these woods resemble a crocodile).

The difficulty level often depends on the weather. Last year the torrential rain caused lots of mud through the woods making running much harder.

The runners ascend into the woods via ‘the steps’, along the crocodile's back and then out the other side onto Tillington Common.

Once they have crossed the common the runners climb through the adjoining field, hit a deserted country lane and up to the final stretch passed the Bell Inn.

Finally they return to Burghill Community Academy to cross the finishing line on the playing fields.

Musicians and other surprises are dotted about the course to help the runners on their way.

Everyone then gathers at the Bell Inn for the prize giving and an after party hosted by Kate and Glenn Williams with band Rubble performing from 5pm.

Over the years proceeds from the race and The Bell Inn have helped provide equipment for the children of Burghill School as well as supporting some fantastic local charities.

This year the money raised will be going to the MS Therapy Centre, a children’s mental health charity specifically for children from military families and the Burghill Community Academy Mini Bus Appeal.

Everything starts at 12pm at Burghill Community Academy with plenty of activities on the school field for children.

Race registration opens at noon with the primary school races (pre-school to year 6) from 1pm. The junior race (11-16 years) starts after the main race, which starts at 3pm.

For more information, to enter or if you would like to help on the day, visit their website at: www.thecroc8.co.uk

For all the junior and mini races entry is on the day.