On your marks…get set…it’s Leigh’s second 10k

16 January 2018

It’s back and this time it’s going to be even bigger!

MP Jo Platt officially launched the countdown to the 2018 Leigh Community 10k by urging Leigh residents to take up the challenge and help make it an annual event.

Last year's inaugural race saw 600 people of all ages and abilities taking part with more than £10,000 raised for chosen charity, Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

This year, organisers are aiming for 1,000 runners. Inspiring healthy lifestyles, FCR Events Ltd, Leigh Harriers, Nectar Creative, Rotary Club of Leigh, Time2Run Events, Wigan and Leigh Hospice and Wigan Council are all working together once again to put on the event with the support of Leigh MP, Jo Platt.

Jo said: "Last year was tremendous, there was a real buzz in the town centre. It would be great to get even more people taking part and cementing Leigh Community 10k as an annual event.

"Wigan and Leigh Hospice is a charity close to many of our hearts and a worthy cause to raise money for whether you're running for fun or to beat your personal best."

The Leigh Community 10k, which takes place on Sunday 12 August in Leigh town centre, bolsters an already impressive calendar of running events in Leigh including the popular Flash in the Park 10k, Festive Flash Five and parkrun at Pennington Flash.

All runners, joggers and walkers of any ability can join in the second Leigh Community 10k as long as you are over 15 years of age on the day of the event.

Standard entry fee is £17 or £15 if you run for a UK Athletics/ARC Running Club.

You can register for a place in the race at leigh10k.co.uk.

You can also make a direct donation to the Wigan & Leigh Hospice when you register or raise money for a charity of your choice.

Wigan and Leigh Hospice has been providing palliative care for adult patients across the borough for more than 30 years. It currently cares for more than 1,000 people with life-limiting illnesses, as well as those people important to patients, every year.

Hospice Chief Executive, Dr Alan Baron said: "We're delighted this event is back for a second year and once again supporting the hospice.

"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."

Inspiring healthy lifestyles are also planning Couch to 10k training sessions to help people get in tip-top shape for the day.

And if you can't wait until then Run Wigan Festival is Sunday 18 March. More info at runwiganfestivals.co.uk


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