Runners of all ages and abilities are getting ready to pull on their trainers for Bury Running Festival this weekend.

The festival, which kicks off on Sunday, hosts the Bury 10K, the popular Arena Group Bury Fun Run and brand-new event, the Bury 10 Mile.

The day will start and finish at The Rock as BBC Manchester broadcast live from the start and finish line.

 Kick off times for the runners are listed as:

  • The Bury 10 mile at 9am.
  • The Bury 10k will follow shortly after 9.30am.
  • The Fun Run will start at 11.45am, after the 10k and 10m have ended.

Cllr Tamoor Tariq, cabinet member for adult care, health and wellbeing at the council, said: “After a two-year hiatus, it’s great to see the return of a community event for all ages and abilities to get involved in and which will benefit so many local and national charities.

“The event is a much-loved part of the town’s sporting calendar, so we have no doubt it will be a fantastic day of running, fundraising and joy in the town of Bury.”

The 10-mile route will see runners make their way out of the town centre, along Tottington Road, Bury Road, Scobell Street, Church Street, Bradshaw Road, Harwood Road, Holcombe Road, Brandlesholme Road, before heading into Kirklees Valley Local Nature Reserve and along Kirklees Trail.

Runners will then make their way back to the town centre, and via the British Transport Museum for the big finish.

The 10K route follows a similar path but takes a less expansive route of the town centre.

Spectators planning to support participants along the route will be able to take advantage of various spectator points.

These include the Kirklees Trail path, the start and finish pedestrian areas by The Rock, the turning point for the 10k on Holcombe Road and the turning point for the 10 Mile on Brandlesholme Road.

As part of the event, runners are encouraged to fundraise for their own charity of choice or one of the event’s partner charities, Bury Hospice, Womens Housing Action Group (WHAG) or the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

Tristan Batley-Kyle, operations director at Run For All, said: “We are really looking forward to the Bury Running Festival. All three events are set to deliver a carnival celebration of running, fundraising and Northern pride in the town of Bury.

“We invite runners of all abilities to take part, and whether they are aiming for a PB or fundraising for a charity of choice, we hope everyone taking part in this year’s Bury Running Festival has a fantastic race day experience.”

Organised by Run For All, the Bury Running Festival forms part of the hugely successful Run For All series, which includes events in Leeds, Sheffield, Derby, Hull, Middlesbrough, King’s Lynn, Bury, Lincoln, Ipswich and the Yorkshire Dales.

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