David Coulthard announced as “catcher” for 100km charity run in Northamptonshire

More than 5,000 will take part in the Wings for Life World Race
More than 5,000 will take part in the Wings for Life World Race

Formula One star David Coulthard has been announced as the special guest for the annual Wings for Life World Run in Northamptonshire next month.

He will be driving the notorious “catcher car” which crosses the start line roughly an hour after the last runner, disqualifying the contestants he catches up with.

More than 5,000 are expected to take part in the 100km race, running through the Northamptonshire countryside to raise money for spinal cord injuries.

The run will begin in Silverstone Village at 12pm on Sunday, May 3.

On the same day, other World Run events will be taking place in countries such as Switzerland, Holland, Germany and Ireland.

Runners in the UK event will set off from Silverstone and follow the route down Whittlebury Road and on to Church Street, before being directed through Wood Green and the Dadford Road Campsite.

It will continue through Blakesley, up to Preston Capes, down to Eydon, across to Sulgrave, through Biddlesden and back up via Stowe before finishing back at Silverstone.

There will be rolling road closures around these areas throughout the event.

Some amendments have been made to previously published details. For updates, and information on how to enter the race or volunteer to help, can be found at: www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com.