England netball star Tracey Neville today encouraged people to set themselves their own sporting goal – and take part in the all-new Asda Foundation Bury 10K.
The charity road race is expected to attract over 1,000 runners to the town on Sunday 18th September and raise tens of thousands of pounds for a host of good causes.
The event also includes the new Arena Group Bury Family Fun Run, which is free to enter for children aged 3 to 14.
Bury-born Tracey, awarded an MBE this year for services to netball, said: “I am delighted to be able to help launch this new event in my home town.
“It provides a perfect opportunity for runners of all abilities to get together with friends to train for a challenge that will improve their fitness and help local good causes into the bargain.
“The inclusion of a family fun run encourages even wider participation and I hope as many people as possible turn out to make the event a big success.”
The Bury 10K is being organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All 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 Lottery funding form Sport England.
The run starts and finishes close to The Rock retail and leisure venue and follows a route that will see the field pass Bury Parish Church, the Fusilier Museum, Bury Art Museum, along Manchester Road, Dumers Lane, Bury Road, Radcliffe Road and back towards The Rock.
Run For All Events Manager Charlie Tatman said: “We’re really excited to be able to bring Run For All to Bury. Our events are well-known as being welcoming to all abilities and we’d love to see the community come out to take part, whether that’s in the Asda Foundation Bury 10K or the Arena Group Bury Family Fun Run.”
Asda Foundation Senior Manager Julie Ward said: “We’re very proud supporters of the Asda Foundation 10K Series and its work to encourage healthy lives and raise hundreds of thousands of pounds every year for charity.”
Councillor Catherine Preston, Deputy Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at Bury Council, said: “We’re really looking forward to Bury hosting its inaugural 10K race in September – the run will not only see runners and spectators racing around the town’s streets but will also raise funds for good causes.
“I’ve taken part in the Great Manchester Run for over a decade and I still love the challenge and sense of achievement when I cross the finishing line, so I’d recommend people of all ages and fitness levels to sign up for the Bury 10k with me.”
Adrian Fitzptrick, Managing Director of Arena Group, whose sponsorship will allow children aged 3 to 14 to run the event for free, said: “We are proud to be involved with this new event in Bury and we look forward to seeing families of all kinds turn out to take part.”
Runners taking part in the Bury 10K are encouraged to raise funds for a charity of their choice, and especially to 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.
Dawn Fidler, Founder of The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity, said: “The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity is delighted to be partnering with the first ever Bury 10K! Josh was a proud Bury boy, and would have loved to be part of something like this from the very beginning.”
Founded in 2013 by Josh and his Mum Dawn, the ‘SuperJosh’ charity helps families who have children with brain tumours, post-surgery disabilities and others along Josh's journey. Josh passed away in November 2014 and the charity continues his amazing legacy, helping others.
Dawn added: “We can’t wait to get involved, fundraise and raise more awareness of the work we do and the need families have for our support.”
Ellen Smith, of Jigsaw, said: “Jigsaw Bury is a Bury based registered charity, under which two sub-groups exist: Jigsaw and Jigsaw Link. Jigsaw is a sports and social group for young disabled people. Our aims are to promote fun, freedom and independence; support people to enjoy an active social life, help people reach their sporting potential and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
“Jigsaw Link provides a one to one befriending service for people over the age of 50 who are disabled, or have an age related condition, and live in the Borough of Bury. We also offer a weekly luncheon club and social outings throughout the year as well as an Older People’s Active Living Programme.”
Michelle King, Community and Events Fundraiser at Bury Hospice, said: “Bury Hospice is delighted to be partnered with Jane Tomlinson’s Run for All and the brand new Bury 10K Run.
“The hospice is a much-loved organisation and we have already had a great response to the event from people who just want to do their bit to help; from those who want to take on the challenge, to those who want to support it by volunteering on the day. Having seen how successful 10K runs can be, we are very excited to finally have one taking place in our own home town and cannot thank the Run for All team enough for choosing Bury Hospice as one of its charity partners. We are really looking forward to working with them.
“We would urge anyone who is considering doing the run, to please think about doing it for Bury Hospice by visiting the Bury 10K run website, or contacting Michelle King in Fundraising 0161 797 1748 ext 216, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Every single penny raised through this event will be used for the benefit of our patients and their families.”
Holli Kellett, Events Manager for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, said: “We’re really excited about the new Bury 10K and hope that those signing up to take part will consider raising funds for the Appeal to continue Jane’s legacy in supporting children’s and cancer causes.
“Money raised locally stays local, so fundraisers can be sure that their efforts will make a difference on their doorstep.”
Kate Brookes, Manager of Home-Start Bury said: “"We are absolutely delighted to be supporting Bury's first ever 10K run. It's a brilliant initiative to raise vital funds for local charities.
“Home-Start Bury and its volunteers have been supporting parents and their children for 15 years, often stopping families from reaching crisis point. We would love local runners to choose Home-Start Bury as their charity to fundraise for, this would help us to reach out to even more families who need us, but would also increase our profile to attract much needed volunteers, too.”
Families taking part in the Family 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.
Jane Lord, who founded Buddy’s for Children with Autism, said: “Buddy's for Children with Autism are delighted to be have been chosen as the community charity for the Arena Group Family Fun Run. We are looking forward to the run and hope to raise lots of money via sponsorship of runners. We will be participating on the day and lots of our young people will be walking alongside you all.”