The Mayor of Bolton, Councillor John Byrne, will be finishing his term of office with a flourish this weekend.
On the final leg of his official civic duties, Councillor Byrne will be pleased to see the finishing line in sight – of the Great Manchester Run.
Despite being a keen cyclist rather than a runner, Bolton’s civic leader is to tackle the famous 10k route on Sunday, May 15 and raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society, which is one of his mayoral charities.
Councillor Byrne said: “I haven’t run properly since 1989 when I did the London Marathon and, to be honest, I have been so busy with mayoral duties that I haven’t really put in the training.
“But I can do 5k, so I will get round one way or another! I’ve heard that it’s an uplifting run, with plenty of crowd support so I am looking forward to it.”
Councillor Byrne decided to take up the challenge after his son, Christopher, ran the course last year and he hopes to complete the run in around an hour.
Although he won’t be running in his mayoral chains, Councillor Byrne will not be the only civic leader taking part.
The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Mark Hackett, is also donning his running gear.
Councillor Hackett said: “The run not only provides an excellent opportunity to raise money for charity but also gives me the chance to encourage people in Manchester to take that extra step forward.”
Anyone wishing to sponsor Councillor Byrne can contact the Mayor’s office on 01204 331057.