People can now sign up to take part in the Bury Running Festival next year.

Thousands of inspiring runners are expected to take part in the Bury 10k and Bury Mini Junior runs as the running festival returns to Bury on September 15.

The highly anticipated charity road running event has been launched by members of Ramsbottom Running Club, Clarence Runners and The Sunnywood Project, who came together at Kirklees Trail to promote the benefits of running.

Nick Whitley from Clarence Runners said: “All you need is a pair of trainers, meet up with people and experience the great outdoors, experience that sense of community and get fit at the same time.”

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Ramsbottom Running Club’s Jane Emanuel added: “There are absolutely loads of local running clubs around and there is something on nearly every night of the week.

“There are so many opportunities where you can run or you can walk. It’s all really inclusive, so nobody should be afraid to have a go.”

The festival is organised by Run For All in partnership with the council.

The Bury 10K will start and finish outside The Rock Shopping Centre, with the 10K route taking runners along Tottington Road and Bury Road, before heading onto the Kirklees Trail.

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The course will then loop back towards the town centre, before runners cross the finish line back outside The Rock.

The Bury Mini and Junior runs will also be return on the same day.

The Mini 1.5km course is open to children aged three to eight and the Junior 2.5km course caters for youngsters aged nine to 15.

Participants are invited to wheel, walk, jog and run as organisers work to make the even accessible to all abilities.

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Event sponsor, Xerox, is offering 150 free entries to schools in Bury who should get in contact with Run For All directly to redeem these entries.

Tristan Batley-Kyle, director of operations at Run for All, said: “We are delighted to open entries for the 2024 Bury Running Festival.

“The Bury Running Festival is a great way for families and friends of all ages and abilities to stay active and healthy together, while also providing a great opportunity for participants to fundraise for one of the event’s charity partners or charity close to their heart.

“As always, it will be our mission to facilitate an event that removes barriers to participation and we hope to inspire people to join us for a great day of running, regardless of age, ability or reason for taking part.”

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Cllr Tamoor Tariq, cabinet member for adult care, health and wellbeing at Bury Council, said: “This is our sixth year hosting the Bury Running Festival.

“We have a great partnership with Run for All, and we echo their values that no matter your age, ability or background our event is for all.

“We have a great running community in Bury who can support local residents of all ages to move more, so join us at the start line on September 15 to make this year’s event bigger and better.

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“I myself have supported the event over the past few years and this has helped me physically keep fit.”

Any charities interested in becoming an official charity partner – whether involved previously or not – are encouraged to contact Run For All as soon as possible.

Entries are now open for the 2024 Bury Running Festival. Potential participants are encouraged to visit for a limited time discounted offer.