May Bank Holiday 5k to take place in Avenham Park

Posted on - 10th April, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Parks, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Recreation, UCLan, What's On in Preston
Put through their paces for the Avenham Park 5k
Put through their paces for the Avenham Park 5k

A 5k run is coming to Preston city centre but has a new route due to the Old Tram bridge closure.


Avenham Park is hosting the University of Central Lancashire’s race for Cash for Kids.

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Taking place on the early May Bank Holiday (Monday 6 May) the run was established in 2012 as part of the Guild Run Series.

UCLan have put their name to the event and will have teams entering.

The run has been organised for the last seven years by Shane Cliffe.

Shane Cliffe will lead the race on his cross-bike
Shane Cliffe will lead the race on his cross-bike

He said: “I’ve always fought to keep this run going because it’s a fantastic community event. It’s ideal for new runners as well as seasoned competitors.

“Everyone who takes part will receive a medal and of course they will be raising money for a very worthy charity at the same time.”

Beginning and ending at the Winckley Square end of the park it sets off at 11am.

All money raised goes to charity Cash for Kids.

Charity manager Nikki Thompson said: “Every penny raised will go directly towards helping local children who may be disadvantaged or suffering from abuse or neglect so all of our runners are making a huge difference.”

Read more: Pressure growing for the Old Tram Bridge to be repaired and reopened

A 1k fun family fun-run takes place before the 5k, starting at 10am.

Sports and physical activity manager at UCLan Martin Baines said: “We’re delighted to play our part in the run and encourage our students, staff and the wider community to be fit and healthy. Avenham Park is such a beautiful area of the city, so it’s an ideal setting to bring everyone together on a Bank Holiday Monday.”

Places for the 5k cost £13.50 or £11.50 for affiliates runners.

The fun run costs £5.20 and both runs can be booked online via Book It Zone.

Read more: How this Preston student is one of the most influential Muslim sports women in the world

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