As reported earlier this week, Sunday’s City of Preston 10K was postponed due to severe weather conditions rendering the course unsafe for runners. Organiser The Running Bee Foundation moved quickly to find a new date however, with the race now scheduled to go ahead on Sunday 20 October.
Days of heavy downpour had resulted in parts of the Preston course being completely flooded, meaning organisers had little option to postpone the event to ensure participants’ safety. The disappointment will be tempered by the fact a new race date has now been secured.
Stephen Owen, Foundation operations manager commented: "Unfortunately we had no option but to cancel Sunday’s race. The route in parts was ankle deep with water despite our efforts during the night before and early hours to clear the course, the weather beat us. I would like to personally thank all the runners, staff and volunteers for supporting our decision and we hope to welcome all the runners back on Sunday 20 October for a bigger and better event!’’
All entries from the original race will be honoured and organisers have made a pledge to make more places available for anyone looking to compete. Starting in Market Street, runners will pass through beautiful scenery via Avenham Park and around the River Ribble, before finishing back on Market Street, to cheering friends and family.
The final mile of the race will be named Mo’s Mile, dedicated to Mo Done, the inspiration behind The Running Bee Foundation. Founded and supported by Sports Tours International, the charity aims to improve the health and well being of local residents and to help tackle the challenge of childhood obesity.
Further information is available here.