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SPAR in the running to help communities be more active

11 May 2020

SPAR in the running to help communities be more active

The Running Bee Foundation today announced that The City of Preston 10K will now be known as the SPAR City of Preston 10K.

The Foundation has partnered with SPAR’s wholesaler and distributor for the North of England, Lancashire based James Hall & Co, to help bring back the popular race to support the communities throughout the City of Preston this October.

James Hall & Co. serves over 600 SPAR stores supporting a network of independent SPAR retailers and 118 company owned SPAR stores. The company operates from its purpose built SPAR Distribution Centre in Preston, and owns Clayton Park Bakery, Graham Eyes High Class Butchers, The Great Northern Sandwich Company and ethnic food brand, Fazilas.

Due to Covid-19, this year’s event that would have taken place on 27th September has been rescheduled for Sunday 25th October.

On race day runners will receive official chip timing, water at the 5K point, and the finish line. All runners completing the race will receive a commemorative SPAR City of Preston 10K medal and a technical t-shirt.

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Chris Bird the Founder and trustee of The Running Bee Foundation said, ‘’We are delighted to be presenting the SPAR City of Preston 10K on October 25th , SPAR pride themselves on supporting its local communities and we look forward to working together to raise much needed funds to help support important community health and wellbeing initiatives in Preston”

Peter Dodding, Sales and Marketing Director at James Hall & Co. said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be supporting the SPAR City of Preston 10K, especially as the event takes place in our home town.’’

“As a family business, community lies at the heart of everything we do and The Running Bee Foundation’s commitment to implementing health and wellbeing initiatives within the community aligns perfectly with our sponsorship of the SPAR Lancashire School Games, and with SPAR’s commitment to European Athletics.”

Peter added, “We are really looking forward to what promises to be an exciting, family centered, community event.”

This year, The Running Bee Foundation launched the MyFirstä Mile initiative, to encourage individuals and communities to complete their very first mile, whether they run, walk or jog, and take the first step towards having an active, healthy and happy lifestyle. Entry cost is £5 and on completing the mile, runners will receive a MyFirst™ Mile medal and certificate of achievement. For more information, and to sign up for MyFirst™ Mile at The SPAR City of Preston 10K, visit

All profits from the SPAR City of Preston 10K will be donated through grant applications to community initiatives and groups in Preston by The Running Bee Foundation, to help create and improve health and wellbeing initiatives in the area.

The Running Bee Foundation was founded and is supported by Sports Tours International. The Foundation will provide grants from the profits raised from its races in Manchester, Salford, Preston, Tameside, and Knowsley to give to community initiatives in those areas and help to promote health and wellbeing, as well as support the fight to reduce childhood obesity.