The first ever Leigh Community 10K has been officially launched, with people from across the region encouraged to lace up and raise money for Wigan and Leigh Hospice. Scheduled for Sunday 13 August, the race will see runners take in three laps of a fast course through Leigh town centre with a finish point at the historic town hall building in front of the Turnpike arts venue and gallery.
Registration for the race is now open and priced at a very reasonable £17 (or £15 for UK affiliated runners), with entry fees helping to provide vital funds for Wigan and Leigh Hospice, who are using the slogan Run2Gether for the race to encourage participants to run with a friend/family member.
The hospice has been providing palliative care for adult patients across the borough for more than 30 years and currently cares for over 1,000 people with life-limiting illnesses, as well as those people important to patients, every year.
Looking ahead to race day, organisers are anticipating good, supportive crowds as the 10k goes through a residential area of Leigh. Participants will also run across a section of the old Tyldesley to Leigh train line.
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.”
Entries are available here.