The first Preston Guild of the 21st century has given the the city's Run Preston event a huge boost with almost 1500 participants registered for the 10k race alone. Sunday 30 September is the big day and also includes a 2k Fun Run and 5k.
Dating back to 1179, the Preston Guild is celebrated every 20 years and takes place over the course of 10 days. This year's event began with the Vintage Guild on August 31 - a festival of fashion, music, food and dancing curated by designer Wayne Hemingway - and will finish on 9 September.
Joanne Anderton, speaking on behalf of organisers Preston City Council, told northernrunningguide.com: "Everything is incredibly busy because of the Guild and we've been amazed by the number of entries for the 10k. This year we're expecting 1500 competitors when previously registration has been at the 800-900 mark, and we're still taking entries daily." Due to the high demand, Joanna explains, prospective runners will be unable to register for this year's race on the day.
Starting and finishing at the covered market, the 10k sees competitors move along the banks of the River Ribble though Avenham and Miller Parks. Relatively flat throughout, the course has one challenging climb between the 8k and 9k point. For those not taking part, Joanne said they should still expect a fantastic day out: "Great entertainment will be provided throughout the morning to keep the spectators warmed up and on their toes."
The Run Preston 10k forms part of the Guild Road Race Series, which includes the forthcoming Preston 10 Miler (18 November) and the Guild marathon and half marathon (28 October). For more information on these races, plus an online entry form for the Run Preston 10k, visit the event website.