THE council has partnered with Barnsley Hospice to bring together the town’s first ten-kilometre race.

Taking place on June 30, the race is designed to allow people to support a charity of their choosing while also helping them stay fit and active.

To mark the partnership with Barnsley Hospice, the first 50 places in the race have been donated to the hospice for any runners who wish to fundraise for them, with a minimum sponsorship target of £100 per entrant.

Coun James Higginbottom, cabinet spokesperson for environment and highways, told the Chronicle: “It’s fantastic to have Barnsley Hospice on board as our official charitable partner for the Barnsley 10k.

“They have supported so many of our residents since opening their doors for the first time in 1994, but they still need to fundraise £3.5m each year to provide their vital services for the people of Barnsley.

“It is also about helping people get back into sport and physical activity - we’re encouraging everyone to join even if it’s your first time.

“It will start in the heart of town, so whether people are participating, or coming to support someone who is, they will be able to enjoy what our town has to offer and see the fabulous businesses and restaurants available.”

Entries to the race begin today at 5pm, with anyone interested in participating able to sign up online.

Stephen Hall, director of human resources and organisational development at Barnsley Hospice, said: “It’s a real privilege to be chosen as the official charitable partner of the very first Barnsley 10k, and it’s a fantastic way to celebrate our 30th anniversary year.

“The hospice was founded by a group of local volunteers and would not be here today without the continued support of our community undertaking fundraisers like the Barnsley 10k.

“Our thanks go to Barnsley Council for choosing the hospice as the event’s charitable partner.

“We wish everyone taking part a huge good luck and will be there cheering you on.”