The organiser of the first ever Oswestry 10k event is urging people in and around the town to come along and cheer on the runners.

Alan Lewis, the organiser of the new event, is hoping the streets are full with spectators showing their support for those taking part.

With more than 1,000 runners taking part, Alan hopes the wider community get involved with the event.

“I think it would be nice to see the wide community supporting runners all the way along the course,” he said.

“There are lots of good viewpoints of the course in more rural areas like Nant Lane, Morda and Trefonen Road.

“It will be nice to create an atmosphere and spur runners on – they appreciate that, it will help their journey along the course. It’s a nice free event for people to attend.”

The run starts at 9am on Sunday, with sponsors and volunteers all being in attendance earlier in the morning to set up.

Alan also gave his thanks to everyone who has helped to organise the event.

He added: “I’m very thankful to Oswestry Town Council and Shropshire Council for their effort from the very start last November.

“I’d also like to thank the sponsors and the running community.

“They have all been actively encouraging people to train and take part – I’m very grateful to everyone taking part and helping out.

“We have an army of 50 to 60 volunteers and marshals on the day, along with St John’s Ambulance staff; without them, it wouldn’t be happening.”

Roads along the course will be temporarily closed while being used by runners, while Church Street, where the race starts, will be closed between 5am and 1pm.