BECAUSE of lockdown the annual Cheadle 4 road race will be run in a new format this year.
Competing athletes will run solo to conform with social distancing measures introduced to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Race organisers Cheadle Running Club are opening up this year's event to the entire community, so that everyone can get involved.
Half of the event proceeds will go to a fund set up in memory of local schoolboy athlete Oakley Wright who died recently.
Fifteen-year-old Oakley's mum, Jenny Dalkins, is a member of Cheadle Running Club.
The Cheadle 4 is part of the annual North Staffs Road Runners Association (NSRA) Series, which will see the St Thomas 10K take place in a 'virtual' format this Sunday.
Participants are being instructed not to run this weekend's course, but instead choose a route close to home which covers the same distance.
They will then submit their times to race organisers to collect their series points.
NSRRA chairman Ken Rushton said: "Everyone will receive a race number and those who finish will also get a certificate and a bespoke medal."
"For us it is all about keeping spirits up," he added.
2020 NSRRA Virtual League Race Programme:
June - 14: St Thomas 10K.
July - 12 Cheadle 4; 25: Leek Half Marathon.
August - 2: Trentham 10K; 13: Dave Clark 5; 19: Stone 5; 30: South Cheshire 10K.
September - 2: Clayton 10K; 6: South Cheshire 20; 16: Staffs Knot 5; 19: Ipstones 5.
November - 21: Meerbrook 15K.