JOGGERS ARE ISSUED A MOTHER’S DAY CHALLENGE

World record marathon runner Ron Hill who won the Commonwealth Games marathon event in 1970 with a time of 2hours 9 minutes and 28 seconds launches the Run the Flash 10k race at Leigh Harriers track with sponsors, organisors and mascots cheering him on
World record marathon runner Ron Hill who won the Commonwealth Games marathon event in 1970 with a time of 2hours 9 minutes and 28 seconds launches the Run the Flash 10k race at Leigh Harriers track with sponsors, organisors and mascots cheering him on
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JOGGERS are being challenged to “run for mum” in a new long-distance event to raise cash for charity on Mother’s Day.

The Run the Flash 10k and half marathon races are the first organised by Sports Tours International at Pennington Flash, in Leigh.

The event, which takes place on Sunday, April 3, will raise cash for five good causes – specialist cancer hospital The Christie, cancer charity MacMillan, the Rathbone centre and Wigan and Leigh Disability Partnership.

Legendary long-distance runner Ron Hill, who won the Commonwealth Games marathon event in 1970, urged people to sign up for the races at Leigh Harriers athletics track, in Leigh Sports Village.

Race Director Graham Jackson said: “With this being a brand new race event we hope that plenty of people will get involved.

“With the races being held so close to the London Marathon we think it’s a great opportunity for runners to get in some last minute marathon training and a chance to run the distance under race conditions.

“The Pennington Flash trails make this race a refreshing change to the city races and an opportunity for traditional city runners to experience a bit of the countryside.”

Runners from all over the North West will be setting off from Leigh Harriers athletics track on April 3.

The 10k course will start and finish at the athletics track, taking runners into Pennington Flash Country Park and along the trails, before returning to the Leigh Sports Village.

The half marathon will guide runners over a two-lap course along the trails on Pennington Flash Country Park, before returning to the finish.

Organisers have stressed both events are for runners of any standard.

Although the Run the Flash races will raise funds for five good causes, runners are welcome to run in aid of any charity they choose as well.

The event is also being billed as preparation for a host of marathons in the spring, including the London Marathon.