City of Preston 10K sets September date as SPAR renews sponsorship

Posted on - 8th August, 2022 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Recreation, Sport, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
The SPAR City of Preston 10k launch

Over 1,000 runners will join the City of Preston 10K as it returns this September with main sponsors SPAR.

The City of Preston 10K will return on Sunday, 25 September, with health and well-being charity the Running Bee Foundation delivering the event.

The race also sees the return of MyFirst Mile, an initiative created and delivered by the foundation that encourages people of all ages to complete a mile and begin their health and fitness journey, whether they run, walk or jog.

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The SPAR City of Preston 10k launch

Running Bee Foundation Lead Steve Kenny said: “We are incredibly excited for the SPAR City of Preston 10K.

“This year has been a welcome return to normality for our running programme and events calendar, including our popular Preston race, which is back in its September slot.

“We believe we have planned the best SPAR City of Preston 10K yet in terms of the overall package, and it is one where entire families can participate by running or spectating to get into the spirit of the occasion.

“The support SPAR has shown for the race is gratefully received by everyone at the Running Bee Foundation. We look forward to delivering a fantastic event in partnership with the team at James Hall and Co under this iconic brand.”

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The SPAR City of Preston 10k launch

Starting and finishing in the Flag Market, where the athlete’s village will be located, the 10K route will take in Preston’s picturesque Avenham Park before the riverside section swings back towards the city centre for the finish.

All finishers will receive a commemorative SPAR City of Preston 10K medal and technical T-shirt.

The race includes official chip timing, route markers at every kilometre, and a fully marshalled route.

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SPAR is sponsoring the event for the second time in association with James Hall and Co. Ltd, SPAR’s primary wholesaler and distributor for the North of England, based at Bowland View.

Niels Dekkers, the retail development director at James Hall and Co. Ltd, said: “We are eagerly looking forward to September’s SPAR City of Preston 10K showpiece, and we are excited to have the SPAR brand associated with the race again.

“The SPAR City of Preston 10K is aligned with SPAR’s brand pillars as it brings the community together and is an occasion for families to link up in one place, all while promoting the benefits of exercise and its role in a healthy lifestyle.

“James Hall and Co. Ltd is proud of its Preston base, and we will have a number of our employees running under the banner of Team SPAR in what is a home race for many.”

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