More than 1,500 take part in Preston’s big charity run

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More than 1,500 runners of all ages crossed the finish line of this year’s Run Preston event.

In an athletic start to Sunday morning, participants lined up outside the covered market to set off on either a 5k or 10k route, while others taking part in the 2k fun run descended on Avenham Park.

The start of the 10k race

The start of the 10k race

Organiser Steve Ashcroft said: “This year’s turnout has been fantastic.

“We’re in our 11th year now, thanks to the efforts of Phil Walsh who has built it up over the years. After Phil retired we thought the event might have to be scrapped, but we’re definitely going to be doing it again next year. Phil even came out and marshalled for us, which was great.”

The ever popular event, which raises money for the Heartbeat charity and was started by the Mayor and Mayoress of Preston, drew in large crowds, who cheered on the runners as they passed through the city and the surrounding areas while also taking advantage of entertainment and activities set up around the Flag Market.

Robert Dansonwon the 10k race and Richard Dever, 18, came first in the 5k event.

For a full list of winners and runners up and to register for next year’s event visit

Registration will open by the end of the week.

You can also watch our video from the 5k and 10k races.