Inspired runners show great heart

runners climbing the hill of Avenham Park during the annual Heartbeat 2Km run
runners climbing the hill of Avenham Park during the annual Heartbeat 2Km run
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Hundreds of fundraisers pulled on their running shoes and lined up for a run around Avenham Park raising £1,000 for Heartbeat.

Now in its fourth year, the charities annual 2Km fun run was the biggest so far.

Gina Briggs receiving her fourth medal of the day from a Heartbeat volunteer after completing the 10k, 5k, 2k and 1k runs on the day.

Gina Briggs receiving her fourth medal of the day from a Heartbeat volunteer after completing the 10k, 5k, 2k and 1k runs on the day.

Petticoat Lane Fireplaces of Brook Street in Preston, sponsored the event for the first time. Owner, Terry Moss had travelled from a night time fell run in Yorkshire the night before to take part in the Run Preston event in the morning before finishing off a weekend of running by completing the 2k.

Mark Cassidy, Heartbeat NWCC Fundraising Officer said: “It was a great day, all of the runners were so inspiring! We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took park, to Terry at Petticoat Lance Fireplaces for sponsoring the event and to Steve and the team at Run Preston who helped with organising the event.

“We can’t wait for next year’s run.”

Heartbeat NWCC support over 800 people every week across the North West who are living with heart disease.

Heartbeat member George completing the Heartbeat run with friends less than two years after suffering from a severe stroke.

Heartbeat member George completing the Heartbeat run with friends less than two years after suffering from a severe stroke.

By providing clinical support through exercise rehabilitation and lifestyle support the charity needs over £900,000 each year to keep running, all of which comes from fundraising events and voluntary donations.

Visit www.heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk or follow the charity on social media by searching “Heartbeat NWCC” on Facebook or Twitter

Young runner with her medal at the annual Heartbeat 2km run in Avenham Park

Young runner with her medal at the annual Heartbeat 2km run in Avenham Park