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Have a go at hill race

LANCASHIRE runners are being asked to do their bit for charity by taking part in the Great Hameldon Hill Race on May 30.

LANCASHIRE runners are being asked to do their bit for charity by taking part in the Great Hameldon Hill Race on May 30.

The six-mile race, now in its 25th year, is being organised by Clayton-le-Moors Harriers Race Club to raise money for local charities including Maundy Relief in Abbey Street, Accrington and the John Taylor Foundation for young athletes.

The course begins and finishes at Peel Park playing fields and is open to serious runners as well as walkers.

Ian Greenwood, 42, race co-ordinator said: "We are hoping to raise £1,000 from sponsorship which would be a great achievement."

"Last year only 120 people turned up to race. Hopefully this year will see a big improvement because we have organised the event better and we have asked a lot of local businesses for help."

And one local company is eyeing the team prize. Sportlife Health and Fitness Centre, based at the Globe Centre, have entered 24 runners - and have thrown down the challenge to any other fitness club in the area to beat them to the local team award.

They have also donated 10 free passes for their gym in prizes.

The race begins at 12 noon and there will also be a guided walk around the course at 9.30am. Admission is £3 for the race and £2 for the walk.

There is also a junior race - for ages 11 to 16 - which is two miles and will start at 10.45am.

Anyone who wants further information should contact Ian Greenwood on 01254 237485 or pick up a form from the Observer reception.