Runners prepare for City of Preston 10k race as countdown begins

Posted on - 14th September, 2021 - 12:15pm | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, Campaigns, Charities, Flag Market, People, Preston News, Proud Preston, Recreation, What's On in Preston
PIc: SPAR City of Preston 10k race

Runners are preparing for the SPAR City of Preston 10k race following the beginning of the two-week countdown last Sunday.


Organised by the Running Bee Foundation and sponsored by SPAR, the race across the heart of Preston will take place on Sunday 26 September.

While seasoned runners will be tweaking their preparations for the big day, the event is open to participants of all abilities, and there is still time to sign up.

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Preston 10k runners
A previous Preston 10k race

Running alongside the race for the first time, the Running Bee Foundation has also launched its ‘MyFirst’ initiative to encourage people to complete their first mile with the foundation.

Peter Dodding, Sales and Marketing Director at James Hall and Co. Ltd., said: “We’re thrilled that the race is now just a fortnight away. We have a team taking part, and we’d love to see as many runners as possible join us for the big event.

“SPAR’s brand is synonymous with sponsoring European athletics, and at a local level, the Lancashire School Games, so we’re delighted to be on board as headline sponsor of such a big event on the doorstep here in Preston.”

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Preston 10k runners
The City of Preston 10K

All finishers will receive a commemorative SPAR City of Preston 10K medal and a City of Preston 10K technical t-shirt. There will also be a race day goody bag full of Clayton Park Bakery items.

Adding to an action-packed weekend, the foundation will be holding the family-friendly Bee in the Park event in Avenham Park on Saturday 25 September.

Through a partnership with James Hall and Co. Ltd., SPAR UK’s primary wholesaler and distributor in the north of England, based in Preston, the Community Gateway food bank will also be in attendance at the start and finish line at Preston’s Flag Market.

Runners and spectators are encouraged to bring long-life canned products to donate.

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Runners at a previous City of Preston 10k Pic: Paul Melling
Runners at a previous City of Preston 10k Pic: Paul Melling

Kevin Harmer, Event Logistics and Sponsor Activation Manager at the Running Bee Foundation, said: “We’re now in the final stages of event preparation for a weekend of activities in Preston, and the excitement is really beginning to build.

“With official chip timing, a fully marshalled route on closed roads, and 1km markers along the way, the SPAR City of Preston 10k is a fantastic event to push for personal best times or take on the challenge of running for the first time. We hope to see you on the route on the day.”

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