Run gets off to a great start at LSV

Warm up Leigh Legacy 10k at LSV at the weekend
Warm up Leigh Legacy 10k at LSV at the weekend

HUNDREDS of runners braved the wet weather for the Legacy 10k and fun run at Leigh Sports Village (LSV).

Athletes and fund-raisers pulled on their trainers to raise cash for dozens of charities, sports clubs and voluntary groups on Sunday.

The race, organised by Active Synergy and the Co-operative, started at LSV before following the scenic routes around Pennington Flash Country Park.

Youngsters could also get involved with a 2012 metre fun run, which was open to runners under the age of 16.

Elspeth Doyle, from Active Synergy, said: “It was a fantastic event with a big mix of elite athletes and fun runners taking part in the 10k.

“It is a great opportunity for local charities, clubs or voluntary groups to raise funds and allows the public to make a difference and create their own legacy in their area.”

The first Legacy Run in Leigh last year saw more than 700 people raise in excess of £10,000 for 53 charities.

Organisers do not charge charities a partner fee, meaning that 100 per cent of the funds raised go directly to good causes.

Among this year’s runners were a team of police officers from Leigh who raised cash for PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation, a charity that supports members of the police force, ambulance and fire service who have been criminally injured while on duty.

Football coach Jason Donohue and 50 children from Leigh United FC also completed the 2012m fun run to encourage healthy living and raise funds for the club.

Five members of Wates Retail based in Warrington along with family and friends also joined in the event to raise funds for Barnardo’s, Wates new charity partner.

Sue Potts, manager at The Co-operative Food store, said: “As a community retailer, everyone at The Co-operative is most proud to be supporting Leigh’s Legacy Event. The dedication people are putting in to raise money for charities that are dear to their hearts is inspirational.”

Following last year’s event, £1,400 was awarded to Leigh Sports Trust by Active Synergy to re-invest back into community projects.