The inaugural Blackburn 10k is still over a week away, but it has already smashed its target for the number of runners taking part.
The initial bar of 1,500 has been well surpassed, meaning that the region's newest road race on Sunday November 17th already has a fine field of athletes taking part in a route that starts and ends at Ewood Park, book-ending a tour of the town's best-known sites.
Competitors in the contest will enjoy the chance to run through the heart of the town centre and over the stunning Wainwright Bridge as part of a route that has been kept unusually flat, given the number of gradients that tend to be encountered on Blackburn's roads!
The race is being masterminded by Run Through, who manage some of the country's most popular road races, and will raise proceeds for Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, the award-winning official charity of the town's football club.
The event is backed by headline sponsors WEC Group and event partners CBD Oil London, Together Housing, Training 2000 and Westholme School, with logistical support from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Blackburn Rovers Football Club.
Those wishing to take part who have yet to formally sign up can do so up to and including Wednesday November 13th via www.blackburn10k.com. There are two races on offer on Sunday November 17th – the full 10km adult race at 9.30am and a 0.6km junior race at approximately 11.15am, both of which are based at Ewood Park as the logistical hub.
An events village at the stadium will give the competitors a chance to stock up on race essentials, with the area at the Blackburn End of the stadium open before, during and after the races. Blues and the Roverstore will also be open to allow participants to get hold of refreshments and warm weather items or Christmas gifts.
There's also time to sign up as a Rovers Runner in aid of Blackburn Rovers Community Trust. The charity can offer a limited number of free places to those who pledge to raise a minimum fundraising target towards their projects – please email firstname.lastname@example.org for full details.