Race organisers are urging people to ‘keep on running’ during the festive period

If you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle over the Christmas period, sign up to the East Lancashire Hospice 10K to keep you focused.

The popular event, which is viewed as the first race of the season by many clubs, will be held on 14 January 2018 and has raised a staggering £49,804 for East Lancashire Hospice in the last four years.

The next 10K race, hosted by Gaskell Motor Bodies, is expected to attract over 500 people for the adult, junior and 2k fun run categories.

Nick Gaskell, owner of the business, has supported the hospice for around eight years. He said: “The race has become more and more popular. It’s seen as the first race of the season and is used as a training run by a number of clubs.”

Keen runner Nick, 46, from Whalley, said: “It’s an undulating route with a couple of challenges – including the last push to the finish line. Me and Chris Knagg started the 10k in 2012.

“This is the fifth annual event and all the money goes to the hospice. We hope the event is still running in 30 years.”

The 10K starts at Gaskell Motor Bodies on Alan Ramsbottom Way, Great Harwood, and follows cycle tracks, the old railway, Cutwood Park and back along the canal tow path.

Other supporters of the event include medal sponsorship by Universal Cooling in Oswaldtwistle; health and safety support from Chris Knagg; funding from SB Tippers; t-shirt sponsorship from Metflex, and marshalling provided by East Ribble District Freemasons.

Entry is £12 for all runners. Registration will start at 9.30am on the day, with the race commencing at 11am.

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