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RUNNERS ALL READY FOR THE RETURN OF THE ASDA FOUNDATION BURY 10K

Receiving their medals following the 2016 run were (from left) Pat Jones-Greenhalgh, Delysia Hawley, Janet Spelzini and Lorraine Farr.

Runners are getting set to pull on their trainers for the return of one of the region’s biggest and best charity road runs.

A host of good causes are expected to be handed a major cash boost when the Asda Foundation Bury 10K makes a return on Sunday 17 September following last year’s highly successful debut.

The large field will include Oldham mum-of-two Dawn Nisbet, whose photograph of her celebrating earlier this year as she crossed the finish line of a parkrun in last place went viral.

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 Bury event forms part of the popular Asda Foundation 10K Series that includes runs in Lincoln, Nottingham, Burnley, Hull, Leeds, York, Leicester, King’s Lynn and Sheffield.

There is also a chance for children to get involved by entering the Arena Group Family Fun Run, which follows a 1.4K route and gets underway after the 10K. Entry is free for children aged 3-14 and there is a small charge for people aged 15 and over.

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 2017 are Home-Start, Bury Hospice, the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Trust, Annabelle’s Challenge, Bury Involvement Group, Early Break Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

Families taking part in the Arena Group Bury 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 is Buddy’s for Children with Autism.

Councillor Andrea Simpson, cabinet member for health and wellbeing at Bury Council, said: “The first Bury10k was a big moment for our borough and one which we will remember for years to come. We expect this year’s event to be equally as heart-warming and even bigger and better than ever.

“And there’s still time to enter, either the 10k or the family fun run, but even if you’re not taking part, you can still join in by coming along to cheer on all the participants.”

An Asda Foundation representative said: “Last year’s first running of the Asda Foundation Bury 10K proved very popular and it’s fantastic that it’s back for 2017. Good luck to everyone involved, particularly those runners taking on the challenge to raise funds for a cause close to their heart.”

Mick Harrison, service manager of Arena Group, supporters of the family fun run, said: “We were delighted last year to bring the Arena Group Family Fun Run to Bury and it was heartening to see so many families getting involved and supporting local charities.

“This year’s event will be looking to build on that success and I hope everyone has a great day.”

Lynne Preston, Run For All event manager, said: “We’re enormously pleased to be again working in partnership with I Will If You Will in organising the Bury 10K. There was an incredible atmosphere around last year’s event and we look forward to experiencing that once again.”

To enter the Asda Foundation Bury 10K, go to http://www.runforall.com/10k/bury/ or to enter the Family Fun Run, go to http://www.runforall.com/fun-runs/bury/

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