On your marks! Leigh set for inaugural 10k race!
The first ever Leigh Community 10K has been officially launched today, with people from across the region encouragedto lace up their running shoes all in the name of charity.
The race, which will take in three laps of a course through Leigh town centre from Leigh Town Hall Market Street Leigh, will be held on Sunday 13th August 2017 starting at 9.30 am with entries on the day open at 8.00 am. http://www.leigh10k.co.uk/route-map.html
Participants can sign up now at https://www.facebook.com/WiganCouncilOnline/posts/10155180975395742:0y entry fees helping to raise money for chosen charity, Wigan and Leigh Hospice or https://twitter.com/wigancouncil/status/843758457991954432,
The exciting event has been organised through a partnership between Inspiring healthy lifestyles, FCR Events Ltd., Leigh Harriers, Nectar Creative, Wigan and Leigh Hospice and Wigan Council, with support from MP for Leigh, Andy Burnham, who is delighted to see the popular road race format set for the town.
He said: “It’s fantastic news that we’ll be having our very own 10k here in Leigh. The popularity of the Wigan 10K has made a very positive impact on the borough, and I believe that bringing a 10k race to Leigh can do the same.
“Last year a fellow runner at the Wigan 10K told me how great it would be to have our own race in Leigh, I thought that was an excellent idea and that vision has now become a reality.
“We have had races through Pennington Flash in the past, but this race will be a great showcase for Leigh town centre and importantly it will be a great opportunity to raise funds for Wigan and Leigh Hospice, a vital charity to people across the borough.”
Wigan and Leigh Hospice has been providing palliative care for adult patients across the borough for more than 30 years. It currently cares for over 1,000 people with life-limiting illnesses, as well as those people important to patients, every year.
Hospice Chief Executive, Dr Alan Baron said: “It’s wonderful that a 10K is being set up in Leigh and the Hospice is thrilled to be a part of it.
“We are fortunate to enjoy fantastic support from local people in Leigh who donate, volunteer their time and participate in fundraising events to help us raise the £8,700 a day we need in order to deliver all of our services. The funds raised through the Leigh Community 10K will help us to continue to provide care for local people who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and support for their loved ones.”
You can register for a place in the first ever Leigh Community 10K race at leigh10k.co.uk, with further information and sponsorship forms available on this website at a later date.