Runners across Hyndburn are preparing to lace up their trainers for a highlight of the running calendar.
The popular Ron Hill 10k is returning for its third year on Sunday, March 6, along with a one-mile fun run for all the family to get involved in.
The race, named in honour of world famous Accrington runner Ron Hill, is organised by Cannonball Events and is open to people of all speeds.
Coun Clare Cleary, Hyndburn council’s cabinet member for Accrington town centre, has been encouraging people to sign up.
She said: “Ron Hill MBE, world record holder, Olympian, clothing entrepreneur and Freeman of the Borough is a true Hyndburn hero. He’s the perfect inspiration to get you out and run. It doesn’t matter if you are running for a Personal Best, a prize, to raise money for charity or just for fun.
“Everyone is welcome to join in.”
Ron, who was born in Accrington, won the Commonwealth Games and European Championship marathons.
He has run every day for over 50 years, even after breaking his sternum in a car crash. Ron also has an Accrington street named in his honour, Ron Hill Way, which runners will pass near on the course.
The Ron Hill Accrington 10k, open to anyone over 16, is largely traffic-free with road closures at the start and at the finish with a new course which is much flatter and faster than the previous two years.
The race will start on Blackburn Road and finish at Accrington Town Hall.
The charity benefiting this year is Cystic Fibrosis, with £1 from every entry going to the charity. Also places have been allocated to people running to raise money for the charity.
Coun Cleary added: “It really is a family day out, as there will also be a one-mile Fun Run open to anyone aged six and upwards, which is a safe opportunity to run a mile on closed roads, where parents can run with their children too.
“The new one-mile Fun Run course on fully closed roads will also host Accrington’s first ever wheelchair race.”
More than 500 runners took part in last year’s event, braving the awful weather to complete the 10k circuit.
For more details of the events, or to enter, visit this link.