Oswestry Town Council has played its part in assuring the legacy of competitive running in the town after agreeing to be a sponsor at 10K event next year.

At its amenities committee meeting on Wednesday, two representatives from Oswestry Olympians, who will host the run on March 1, 2020, starting at 9am, and will take in most of the town's major landmarks.

The pair gave a presentation to councillors about the club's history and what has been arranged for the 10K, which will be the second to take part in Oswestry in six months, following October's race.

They confirmed that the Marches school have agreed to allow the club to use their land and track while also confirming to the council that each year, they plan to partner with a different charity, with the RJAH Veterans Appeal their lined up for 2020.

Monies raised from the race – which will be capped at 500 runners in the first year to manage logistics – will go towards helping youngsters take up running.

It was also confirmed that the main race will be followed by children’s races too, while the club will also be offering running sessions similar to the 'Couch to 5k', but up to 10k, in order to promote the future of Oswestry Olympians.

They added: "The course would cover most of the town centre and we have been working with Shropshire Council, and we have applied for affiliation with UK Athletics.

"The kids races will run from under four to 15 and we asked the council to sponsor the kids races to cover the cost of medals and goody bags."

Deputy mayor Councillor Duncan Kerr proposed that the council give the Olympians funds towards their planning, and he was seconded by committee chairman Cllr Vince Hunt.

It was unanimously agreed to give £300 to the club as a donation and not as a grant.