Runners of all ages from across the North West are on their marks and ready to line up for the all-new Asda Foundation Bury 10K and Arena Group Bury Family Fun Run on Sunday 18th September.
The new charity runs are expected to raise tens of thousands of pounds, handing local good causes a major cash boost.
Starting and finishing close to The Rock retail and leisure venue, the 10K entrants will follow a route that will see them pass Bury Parish Church, the Fusilier Museum, Bury Art Museum, along Manchester Road, Dumers Lane, Bury Road, Radcliffe Road and back towards The Rock.
The new Bury event is the latest addition to the Asda Foundation 10K Series that includes runs in Lincoln, Nottingham, Burnley, Hull, Leeds, York and Sheffield.
Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All is organising the runs in partnership with I Will If You Will (IWIYW), a fitness movement in Bury that’s helping women, girls and their families to be more active, more often. IWIYW is delivered by Bury Council with National Lottery funding form Sport England.
Runners can raise funds for a charity of their choice or support one of the event’s official partner charities, which in 2016 are: Jigsaw, Home-Start Bury, Bury Hospice, the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Trust and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
Families taking part in the Arena Group Bury Family Fun Run fun run are encouraged to raise a small amount of funds for a charity of their choice, but are particularly encouraged to support the official partner charity which in 2016 is Buddy’s for Children with Autism.
Councillor Catherine Preston, Deputy Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The first Bury 10k will be a big moment for our borough. It’s fantastic that so many people plan to get their running shoes on and turn out to earn valuable funds for charity.
“Getting ready and training for the event has been a great experience for me and I’m really looking forward to taking part in my home town. I’d like to wish everyone a really enjoyable and memorable event. And if you’re not taking part, don’t forget you can still be a part of this great occasion by coming along to support and cheer everyone on.”
Charlie Tatman, Run For All Event Manager, said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming all the runners to Bury on Sunday. There’s sure to be a great atmosphere and, whatever their goals, we hope all the entrants have a great day.”
Asda Foundation Senior Manager Julie Ward said: “We’re really excited for the debut Asda Foundation Bury 10K which is helping to further strengthen the 10K Series – providing even more opportunities for people and communities to get involved. Good luck to everyone taking part.”
Adrian Fitzpatrick, Managing Director of the Arena Group, supporters of the Family Fun Run, said: “We’re thrilled to bring the Arena Group Family Fun Run to the Bury area and look forward to seeing families taking part in this exciting new event – and hopefully supporting a worthwhile local cause.”