EASTLEIGH town centre is gearing up for one of its biggest events of the year.

Now celebrating its 35th year, the Hendy Eastleigh 10k will see 2,900 runners pouring into the town from across the UK and abroad.

Taking place on Sunday, March 24, at 9am, runners will compete for over £3,000 worth of prizes, with both the winning man and woman receiving £250.

New for the 2019 run is the Hendy Achievement awards where runners who took part in the 2018 race will receive a prize if they beat their time this year.

This year all runners who finish the race will also be given a commemorative medal and T-shirt.

Suitable for all ages, 330 children are set to run in the Fun Run around Fleming Park which starts at 11am.

Race organiser Steve Collins said: “It’s great the people of Eastleigh really get behind the Hendy Eastleigh 10k.

“It provides such a great day for the town.

“The event has been more popular than ever with hundreds on a waiting list wanting to take part in the event.”

“The event is now one of the biggest and best 10ks in the UK with many top class runners from throughout the country setting off alongside hundreds of fun runners, many will be raising money for charity.”

Minor traffic disruption is expected with Passfield Avenue closed from between 8.30am and 10.30am.

There will also be road closures along the new running route which is Passfield Avenue, Shakespeare Road, Twyford Road, Woodside Avenue, Derby Road, Desborough Road, Chestnut Avenue and Fleming Park.