Masks, sanitiser and a staggered start – the 2020 City of Preston Road Race

Posted on - 10th August, 2020 - 4:17pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Sport
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Rosemere CC Clinical team at City of Preston Road Race 2020
Olivia Kneale, Lindsay Kellett and Carole Bartlett

The City of Preston Road Race went ahead on Sunday 9 August, with Rosemere Cancer Foundation as the charity partner.


There were 150 participants in the race. Some completed the five mile course, and some completed the 10 mile course.

Social distancing measures were enforced, with runners setting off at six second intervals.

The start and finish lines were in Walmer Bridge, South Ribble, rather than in Preston where a local lockdown is in place.

Read more: Longridge and South Ribble are not included in the Preston local lockdown

A number of people ran for Rosemere Cancer Foundation, the official charity partner. The chief officer of Rosemere, Dan Hill, completed the five mile race in 36 minutes 32 seconds.

Simon Blackburn raised money for Rosemere Pic: Stephen Taylor

Simon Blackburn from Preston raised £1,300 in sponsorship by taking part in the event. Simon supports Rosemere Cancer Foundation as he lost his dad Steve to cancer in 2011.

Read more: Rosemere Cancer Centre coffee shop makes profit despite Covid-19

Steven Taylor, who took the photographs of the event, said: “It was very safe. The registration area was mask only, more sanitiser than you can imagine. There was no mass start. Athletes had a staggered start and waited two metres apart.

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“There was no overtaking for the runners unless it was safe to do so and they could maintain a two metre distance. There was no medal ceremony, and medals will be posted out to participants.

“The athletes’ car park was next to the finish line so as soon as they finished they were encouraged to leave. Everyone had a great morning, it was well organised and well run by the athletes.”

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Did you participate in The City of Preston Road Race? How much money did you raise? Let us know in the comments below.

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