Route change ahead of Leigh Community 10k

The new route of the Leigh Community 10k
The new route of the Leigh Community 10k

Organisers of this weekend’s inaugural Leigh Community 10k have been forced into a minor last-minute change to the route.

The athletics event, which takes place for the first time on Sunday, will now involve runners going along Lord Street rather than Bradshawgate.

This is believed to be due to roadworks making the initial route unavailable.

The alteration affects the first part of the 10k, which will start and finish in front of Leigh Town Hall.

Runners will make their way from the town centre landmark along Lord Street and Platt Fold Street.

They will then do two laps of a circuit based around Chapel Street and Holden Road before returning to the town hall.

Interest in this weekend’s event, which is being held in aid of official charity Wigan and Leigh Hospice, has jumped dramatically in recent weeks with more than 500 of the 600 places available now gone.

The race is the idea of former Leigh MP Andy Burnham, who is now Greater Manchester Mayor, following the success of the 10k in Wigan.

The Leigh event has been organised through a partnership between Inspiring healthy lifestyles, FCR Events, Leigh Harriers, Nectar Creative, the hospice and Wigan Council.

The race begins at 9.30am on Sunday and there will also be entertainment in the town centre from 10.15am, with local talent including The Lottery Winners, Zoe Unsworth, Stetsons Electric and Natalie Kamhiriri performing.

Proceeds from the 10k will go towards the Hindley-based hospice’s Counting on Care appeal which is raising money to modernise the in-patient unit to make it dementia-friendly.

To find out more visit Leigh Community 10k’s website