Organiser of City of Preston Road Race donates over £2,000 to Rosemere

Posted on - 6th October, 2021 - 12:22pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Preston News, Proud Preston, What's On in Preston
Michael Brennand

The organiser of this summer’s record-breaking City of Preston Road Race, Michael Brennand has presented official race charity Rosemere Cancer Foundation with a race donation of £2,100.


Michael also announced the return of Rosemere’s Avenham Park Cheeky Santa Dash this December.

Michael, of the Central Lancs Running & Triathlon Club (CLAN), will be helping Rosemere Cancer Foundation, which has taken on the dash, process entries.

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The dash itself was founded by the late, great Ben Ashworth, who ran it three times before losing his fight against bowel cancer in the summer of 2017 aged just 38-years-old.

As well as running the dashes, dad-of-three Ben completed 24 marathons following his cancer diagnosis to raise more than £40,000 for various charities, among them Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

This year’s City of Preston Road Race donation was the combined totals of sponsorship money, runners taking up an option to pay £1 to Rosemere Cancer Foundation on entry, runners being given a free charity place but then paying the entry fee and a £10 donation from Michael for every volunteer race marshal supplied by Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

This year, the charity supplied 20 marshals for the August run race, which achieved the fastest 10 mile time (55m47s) set by a woman athlete in the UK this year.

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Lost to pandemic restrictions last year, this year’s Cheeky Santa Dash will take place Saturday, 4 December, setting off at 11am.

The dash will start and finish under the bridge opposite The Continental pub where there is a memorial plaque to Ben.

All finishers will receive a medal. Entry is £10 for those aged 15 and over (£8 if affiliated to an athletics club).

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