BARNSLEY Hospice has taken over the running of a 10k race after the company responsible for organising it went into liquidation.

The hospice faced losing an estimated £6,000 if the Cannon Hall Run had been cancelled and has been working with the council to ensure it can still go ahead.

The event was organised by Sportsworks Logistic Ltd but its directors confirmed they had gone in to liquidation.

"We thought that the race would have to be cancelled," said Nici O’Dowd, the hospice's finance director.

"We didn't want runners to feel let down or for the race not to go ahead and have therefore taken over all responsibility from Sportsworks for the organisation of the event.

“We would like to reassure all runners of our commitment to the Cannon Hall Run and are looking at all aspects of the race, including the route, to ensure it meets the participants' high expectations."

Over 260 runners have already signed up to take part in the September 8 run, with around 55 running to raise funds for the hospice.

All those who want to take part but have not registered, you have until September 3. More information can be found here.