The starting gun is set to fire for a Welshpool road race after organisers confirmed the event would finally get underway - following two years of pandemic cancellations.

The first Welshpool 10k running race was due to be held in March 2020, but just nine days from event day the country was propelled into the first lockdown due to Covid-19, meaning around 1,000 runners due to take part had to put their ambitions on hold while the country waited out the pandemic.

And this year despite a brief respite from lockdown conditions the event was again hit by pandemic measures, meaning runners were once again left kicking their heels in 2021.

However, organisers now say prospects for the 2022 race look much brighter, and have set a date of Sunday, March 27, 2022 for the race - which will finally see runners take to the streets of Welshpool and around the grounds of Powis Castle.

Alan Lewis from Adrenaline Sporting Events, who are organising the Welshpool 10k, said entries for the event were already filling up fast and those wanting to take part are encouraged to do so early.

"After launching the Welshpool 10k in 2019 we were extremely sad to cancel the event in 2020 and 2021," he said.

"Opening entries come on the back of a congratulations letter we received from MP Simon Baynes on a successful Brynkinalt Running Festival, which was a good feeling.

"The running and cycling community are certainly keen to get to events and catch up with friends.

"Elite athletes, family and fun runners will all have their place in this amazing route taking in Powis Castle, there really is something for everyone - This is a running event for all runners."

Race Ambassador for the event is Newtown runner and former Caersws footballer Andy Davies, who has represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games and competed in the elite section of the London Marathon.

Large crowds are anticipated at the event, with some road closures also expected on the day. Organisers say they will confirm further details closer to race day.