Age is just a number for one Wigan resident, who this month completed his 100th park run – and has now set his sights on this Sunday’s Leigh Community 10K.
Gordon Ramsdale, who recently turned 75 and reached the running milestone at the latest weekly Saturday 5K Parkrun at Haigh Woodland Park, only took up running as a regular pastime three years ago.
He said: “There’s absolutely no reason not to get involved in one of the many regular Parkrun races. They’re free and you can go at a pace that suits you. The next challenge is the Leigh 10k, which I’m really looking forward to”
Cllr Chris Ready, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods at Wigan Council, said: “Gordon is a huge inspiration for people of all ages across the borough. He has recently been training with Leigh Harriers Running Club alongside Cllr Jim Moodie, the lead member for leisure and public health at the Council, who speaks really highly of Gordon’s strength and determination. To complete 100 runs in just a few years is such a fantastic achievement and shows just what exciting community leisure opportunities are available.”
Inspiring healthy lifestyles, which manages Haigh Woodland Park, is also organising this Sunday’s Leigh Community 10K alongside FCR Events Ltd, Leigh Harriers, Nector Creative, Wigan & Leigh Hospice and Wigan Council.
Cllr Ready added: “The Leigh 10K is returning after a really successful inaugural year and is even bigger and better. Alongside the race there will be lots of community activity including stalls selling food, drinks, crafts and gifts. It’s set to be a really exciting event for the people of Leigh and other communities across Wigan.”
It is not too late to sign up – just visit www.leigh10k.co.uk.
Registration will close once 1,000 people have signed up.
You can also visit www.parkrun.org.uk/events to learn more about the regular runs.