Next month’s (Sunday 24 September) Run Preston 5K and 10K will represent the final ever staging of the event. Organiser Steve Ashcroft confirmed the disappointing news citing rising costs, especially building and road works, as the reason the races are no longer financially tenable.
Since being launched, the event, which also includes a 2k, has become a popular fixture in the Lancashire calendar with around 1,500 runners taking part annually. The event has become known for an attractive route that moves through the city centre and down into Avenham Park.
The local, friendly and accessible feel to the event has been underlined by the fact that registration has stayed remarkably low throughout the years – entry for next month’s 5k is priced at just £10, with the 10k at £16.
Steve further elaborated on why continuing with the event wouldn’t be possible: “In the last year, the costs have gone up dramatically. Lancashire County Council charged me around £3,300 in 2016 – that’s up from £1,400 the year before. So it’s a £2,000 increase in 12 months which is way over the top.”
Steve was upbeat about the upcoming event and implored anyone considering taking part to mark a fitting finale for the Run Preston races: “This will be my last city centre Run Preston event so come on down let’s break our entry record for one last time on Sunday 24 September.”
Entry is available here.