Road closures confirmed for Preston ‘Bull Run’

Posted on - 16th September, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Roads, Transport, What's On in Preston
The Pamplona Bull Run is the inspiration for the event
The Pamplona Bull Run is the inspiration for the event

As dozens of people charge through the city on a ‘no bull’ run the city council has confirmed which roads will be closed.


Organised by Derelict Theatre the No Bull run takes the spirit of the Pamplona run and brings it to Preston.

Part of the Lancashire Encounter Festival the run is going to see runners dressed in white and red as they are in Spain.

Rob Gregson from Derelict said: “We will be recreating that famous Pamplona tradition but with a twist.

“Years ago the controversial and brutal sport of ‘Bull Baiting’ took place on the Flag Market until it was rightly banned in 1726. The remains of the bull ring still exist to this day.

“We want to get as many people wearing the traditional white colours with red sashes and get them running through the streets, parks and alleys and market places of the city centre to create our very first Preston Bull Run.”

Read more: Road closures confirmed for the Red Dream Parade at Encounter

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A spokeswoman for Derelict Theatre said: “We will be re-creating the mayhem and panic of the Spanish bull run tradition – but with a friendly Lancashire twist. There is no bull!”

“Join us for a two-and-a-half kilometre journey through the streets and market places of Preston city centre, encountering pop up performances along the way.

“We’d like friends and families to get together and bring their own twist to this new stomping good fun-run.”

The run takes place from 4pm on Saturday (22 September) and these roads will all be closed for around an hour:

Earl Street
Tithebarn Street (from Old Vicarage to Lord Street)
Crooked Lane
Lancaster Road (from Earl Street to Church Street)
Birley Street
Fishergate (from Birley Street for 100 metres)

During the closures the following diversion route will be used:

Church Street
Ring Way
North Road, Tithebarn Street and Old Vicarage
Cross Street
Winckley Square East
Winckley Square South
Winckley Square West
Chapel Street

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