THE Barnsley 10k will return to the town centre this weekend with hopes it will put the town back on the running map.

The race was a famous event in the 1980s and 90s, attracting some of the best runners in the UK with thousands participating every year.

Versions of the race have since been staged in Royston and Grimethorpe but it will be back in the town centre on Sunday.

The race will begin in the Glass Works square at 9am and take in Wilthorpe and Redbrook before looping back around at the Claycliffe Road area and arriving back in the square.

It promises to be a momentous occasion for the town with all 1,250 places already sold out.

All finishers of the race will receive a commemorative event T-shirt and a medal to celebrate their achievement.

The event will be closed to traffic from 8.30am to 11am and the event will start at 9am.

Impacted areas in and around the town centre include the Glass Works Square, May Day Green, Queen Street, Peel Square, Wellington Street, New Street, West Way, Town End roundabout, Shambles Street, Church Street, Huddersfield Road, Wilthorpe Road, Barugh Green Road, Claycliffe Road and Whaley Road.

The time limit for the event will be two hours.

Runners on the route beyond this time will be asked to move to pavements safely.

You’ll still be allowed to finish and collect your post-race merchandise beyond this time.

There’ll be a vehicle following the event moving at a speed of 3mph.

The event is in aid of Barnsley Hospice and it’s hoped thousands will be raised on the day.

A council spokesperson said: “The hospice is proud to deliver a wide range of services, helping people to live well, manage their symptoms and access expert support from their multi-disciplinary team.

“As a charity, the hospice relies on the support of donations, grants, and legacies to raise £3.5m towards running costs each year.

“This would not be possible without the support of the wonderful local community, who have supported the hospice for over 30 years.”