On your marks: runners gear up for big road race

Run fun: Last year's Run Preston was a big success
Run fun: Last year's Run Preston was a big success
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More than 1,000 runners will pound the streets of Preston city centre and surrounding park land when Run Preston 2014 takes place.

The popular event, now in its 11th year, features a 10k and a 5k race on Sunday September 28.

Organisers are delighted with the numbers who have signed up to take part, and they will take entries as late as the morning of the race.

The 10k will take runners on two laps of a course which winds its way out from the Flag Market, down to Avenham Park and along the banks of the River Ribble.

Organiser Steve Ashcroft said: “As things stand with just over a week to go, we have got 950 in the 10k – we should have 1,200 by the time race day comes – and 350 in the 5k.

“You get a medal for the 5k, and a medal and T-shirt for the 10k.

“So we would hope to have around 1,500 people running through the streets of Preston a week on Sunday.

“There are only 200 club runners at the moment which shows that the majority of those running are Preston folk doing it purely for enjoyment and fitness.

“It seems to be an event which Preston people come out for, this is the 11th year of it and numbers have always been very good.”

The course has been altered from last year which will allow spectators to see more of the action.

Ashcroft said: “It is a twice-round course this year.

“Both races start from the Flag Market, it goes down Avenham Lane into Avenham Park, over the river, along the river and back over the bridge at Broadgate.

“The runners then go past the Continental, through the park, round Winckley Square back to the covered market.

“That is a 5k course. For the 10k course, you do it twice.

“If you come to watch on the Flag Market you will see the start, middle and end.

“Many races of this type do not get the numbers which we expect so we are very pleased with the backing.”

Run Preston 2014 is taking place in conjunction with the Heartbeat charity, Preston City Council, UK Road Races and FCR Events.

The 5k race starts at 9.30am on September 28 and the 10k at 10am.