PEOPLE are being urged to pull on their running shoes for a brand new fundraising event in aid of Manorlands.

A series of runs is being staged on trails around the picturesque Bolton Abbey estate.

There will be a choice of 10K, ten-mile and half-marathon routes at the extravaganza, on November 12.

Some of the trails are not normally accessible to the public.

Routes include Hammerthorne Hill, the Valley of Desolation and Strid Wood.

And there will also be a two-mile fun run, heading alongside the River Wharfe to the Priory and returning on the other side of the water.

The event is being supported by Skipton Athletics Club, with help from Manorlands volunteers and the Airedale Dodgers running club.

There will be chip timing.

All participants will receive a bespoke medal and goody bag.

Organisers say more than 200 pre-entries have already been received so they urge people to register as soon as possible to ensure a place.

Molly Ralphson, community fundraiser at the Oxenhope Sue Ryder hospice, adds: "Bolton Abbey estate is especially beautiful in autumn.

"We are really looking forward to hosting this event and there is a route to choose from for all abilities of runner.

"We expect it will become a firm favourite on the running calendar."

Entry fees range from £5 to £25.

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The organising team would also like to hear from any businesses interested in offering sponsorship – contact the Manorlands fundraising office on 01535 640430.

Run Bolton Abbey is the latest of several running events to join the Manorlands calendar.

The Keighley BigK 10K, which follows a multi-terrain route around the town, was launched ten years ago and attracts more than 1,000 runners.

Tens of thousands of pounds are raised for the hospice.

And a Solstice Saunter, also at Bolton Abbey, had its second staging in the summer following a successful inaugural event last year.

More than 640 people took part in this year's saunter, together raising about £15,000.

Manorlands supports patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families at the hospice and in the community, across an area covering Craven, Airedale and Wharfedale as well as parts of Bradford.

All services are free to patients and their loved ones, but it costs £9,000 a day to keep the hospice doors open.

Only a small part of the cost is covered by statutory funds.

Most of the funds have to be raised through voluntary donations.