A WILDLIFE charity is launching its first ever run in Monmouthshire to mark a milestone anniversary.

Gwent Wildlife Trust will kick off its 50th year with a 10km Race for Wildlife in Undy in May.

The event, organised in partnership with the South Wales Argus, Free Press Series, Monmouthshire County Life and Chepstow Harriers, is being held to fund conservation work on the delicate fens at the Magor Marsh reserve, as well as contributing towards the efforts of the Trust.

The Trust has worked for half a century to protect wildlife and manages more than 25 wildlife areas. It works to secure the future of important habitats and species.

The 10km course will see runners follow a route around the Gwent Levels, through Redwick village and finishing back in Undy. For those wanting to reach their personal best, the fast and flat course has definite ‘personal best’ potential.

Those who prefer a more genteel morning can enter the one-kilometre fun run at Undy Athletic Club.

Entrants can sport fancy dress and there will be a prize for the best outfit and certificates for those who cross the finishing line.

The race begins at 10.30am in Undy and will loop through Redwick village and past the historic Church of St Thomas.

Both races start at the Undy Athletic Football Club at The Causeway in Undy, and are part of the Welsh Athletics calendar.

Liesel Townley, fundraising officer, said: “The idea came about as we thought, what better way to see some of the beautiful landscape and wildlife? There is something for all the family.”

The 10km starts at 10.30am and the fun run at 11am on May 12.

Entry costs £12 or £10 for UK Athletics members.

To register visit www.gwentwildlife.org.uk