A charity race has been organised in honour of Olympic legend Ron Hill.
The ‘Ron Hill Accrington 10k’ has been named after the borough’s finest long distance runner, who will officially open and start the event.
The race is being supported by Gaskell Motor Bodies in Great Harwood, Clayton-le-Moors Harriers, Tesco and Hippo Motor Group.
Mike Eddleston, treasurer and member secretary of the Harriers, said they were happy to support the event.
He said: “Ron Hill is a club member and we have been talking to the council about the route of the race and supporting them on the day with whatever help they need.”
Council leader Miles Parkinson said: “It’s really come about by individuals who are active in the running field and we are very happy they have come forward.
“We thought it would be a really nice thing to do, would recognise Ron Hill for his achievements and bring in more footfall into the town centre. It has many different attributes.”
Dr Hill, who is a former Springhill and Accrington Grammar School pupil,
competed in a British vest in three Olympics and ran in two Olympic marathons.
He also won nine gold medals at the 1969 European Championships and the Commonwealth Games in 1970.
He also set a course record time at the 74th Boston Marathon in 1970 and the following year was awarded an MBE for services to athletics.
The 10k run will take place at 10.30am on Sunday, March 30 and is open to people aged 18 or over.
It will begin outside the Accrington Town Hall before going along Eastgate, Abbey Street and Manchester Road towards Baxenden.
It will then go along Back Lane towards Rising Bridge before turning back and going off road through the countryside back to Accrington paralleling Manchester Road.
Charges cost £8 for club runners and £10 for non-club runners in advance or £12 on the day.
There will be prizes for the first, second and third male and female entrants and a veterans category.
Proceeds from the event will go towards charities including Finley’s Disney
Dream, East Lancashire Hospice and Derian House Children’s Hospice. Applications can be made on the Hyndburn Council website.