Wigan runner on course to complete month of 10k runs
A runner is part way through a month-long lockdown challenge of completing a different 10k run in his neighbourhood every day.
Lee Clark, who heads up the Team ACF running club, had, at the time of publication completed 16 of the runs and wants people to suggest more circuits that he can tackle which will also show off the “natural beauty of Standish and the surrounding areas”.
Lee, who is himself from Standish, is taking part in the Wigan And Leigh Run Every Day Challenge, set by The Wigan and Leigh Running Community, also known as Team Green.
The keen athlete hopes to complete a total of 30 10-kilometre runs by the end of the month, and his challenge has already seen him stretching his legs through the beautiful surrounds of Haigh Woodland Park, around Worthington Lakes, over the (very steep) Parblod Hill and around the countryside that takes in The Crown pub.
He also aims to recommend picturesque routes that he takes on in order to make other people aware of what may sometimes be hidden or under-appreciated beauty spots.
Lee said: “As well as representing Team ACF with several others from the group, I’m trying to have all 30 10k runs starting in Standish.
“I’m trying to show off the natural beauty of Standish and the surrounding areas that are within a 6.2-mile range.
“During the first nine days I’ve run through Haigh Hall, run around Worthington Lakes, run over Parbold Hill and run through the countryside that leads to The Crown pub and Studio Standish, just off Chorley Road.
“I would love it if the people of Standish could get behind me and the Standish-based running club Team ACF over the remaining days of June by recommending some more picturesque routes in Standish and its surrounding areas on my Facebook page and, in the process, make us all aware of some beauty spots that a lot of us didn’t know about.”
Having been a resident of Standish for 24 years, Lee said he is proud of where he lives and loves posting photos on social media to show off to villagers and the wider world.
With more than a fortnight of runs under his belt, Lee is now heading towards the 100-mile mark.
He added: “Hopefully, I can keep this distance up and by the end of June I’m hoping to have covered over 180 miles in the 30 days.”