On your marks for the first Leigh Community 10k

Andy Burnham launching the Leigh Community 10k with event partners
Andy Burnham launching the Leigh Community 10k with event partners

Hundreds of runners are preparing to pound the streets of Leigh as the countdown to the town’s first-ever 10k event begins in earnest.

The Leigh Community 10k in aid of Wigan And Leigh Hospice is now a week away and it is hoped even more people will sign up for the day of entertainment, exercise and fund-raising.

Currently around 400 people will take to the town centre course taking in Lord Street and Platt Fold Street, before doing two laps of Chapel Street and Holden Road and reaching the finish in front of the town hall.

The hospice is encouraging budding runners to sign up to help get the final entry on Sunday, August 13 close to the maximum entry of 600.

The 10k will raise funds for the hospice’s Counting On Care appeal which is modernising the 14-bed in-patient unit at its Kildare Street headquarters to make it dementia-friendly.

The starting gun will be fired at 9.30am and there will be entertainment until 3pm from the likes of The Lottery Winners, Zoe Unsworth, The Lowtones, Wigan Ukulele Club and talented schoolgirl singer Natalie Kamhiriri.

There will be a medal ceremony for the winners and everyone crossing the finish will get a goodie bag.

The event was launched earlier this year by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, Leigh’s former MP.

Find out more or sign up at the Leigh 10k website