The historic Flag Market served as the start and finish point, also hosting the event village. The scenic route took participants through Avenham Park before returning to the city centre.
In the men’s category, Andy Benson of Salford Harriers & AC clinched first place with a time of 34:52. Alex Curran from Blackburn Road Runners finished second posting a time of 36:15. Karl Hodgson from Red Rose Road Runners placed third, crossing the finish line after a time of 36:39.
For female runners, Sophie Pilkington from Red Rose Road Runners secured the top spot with a time of 41:16, followed by Charlotte Gregory of Preston Harriers at 41:56, and Charlotte Riddle at 43:16.
Every finisher received a commemorative medal, a t-shirt, race chip timing, and refreshments provided by SPAR. Prize money for the top three finishers included a charitable donation of 50% of the winnings to a charity of their choice. The event also featured the MyFirst Mile Run, encouraging people of all ages to take their first step towards a healthier lifestyle.
CEO of Quest Events, Emma Marsh, expressed gratitude to SPAR for their continued sponsorship and the tremendous community support. She highlighted the growing success of the SPAR City of Preston 10K, which saw record participation.
The SPAR Series for 2023, presented by Quest Events and SPAR UK, included the SPAR City of Preston 10K, the iconic Tour of Tameside, and the Ron Hill Accrington 10K. These events collectively attracted thousands of runners and aimed to promote active lifestyles within local communities.
Quest Events is committed to creating enjoyable community occasions, fostering a sense of togetherness and well-being.
Marketing Manager at James Hall & Co. Ltd, Tom Murphy, celebrated the event’s inclusivity, highlighting the diversity of participants of all ages and abilities. He praised the positive atmosphere on the Flag Market and deemed the SPAR City of Preston 10K a remarkable community event. This race marks the successful conclusion of The SPAR Series in 2023.
Source: James Hall & Co. Ltd
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