ORGANISERS of the Whitley 10k race are hoping that the event will sell out after its 2020 date was announced.

The popular run, which came close to selling-out when it was staged last year, has been confirmed for Sunday, May 3 at 11am.

The route takes runners through the beautiful and stunning scenery surrounding Whitley, around which roads will be closed for the event.

And it is hoped that by moving the race back in the calendar to avoid clashes with other local events, it will be a magnet for those with a New Year resolution to get fit.

“Last year’s event was close to a sell out and we are confident of another big turnout this year,” said race co-ordinator Peter Clayton.

“We are already busy planning the day to make sure this is the success we anticipate.

“Entries are available online via Eventbrite and Run Britain, which we hope makes the effort of entering much easier, and are prices remain unchanged for a fourth year.”

The race is seen as a family event, with all age groups welcome to take part in the 5k.

Participation in the 10k is limited to those 15 or over due to UK Athletics rules.

With over three months to go, it provides enough time for runners to work up to the 5k or 10k distances on offer.

Organisers are anticipating the return of regular runners from local Cheshire, Manchester and Merseyside running clubs.

The main race sponsors are Lakeland Trucks Ltd and Schmitz CARGOBULL, and all money raised goes into supporting the upkeep of the village hall and supporting local activity groups.