On your marks

8 May 2019 02:54
Published by: Kian French

THE University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) teamed up with local charity Cash for Kids to ensure the continued success of a popular community run.

This year's Avenham Park 5K and 1K Family Fun Run on May Bank Holiday Monday looked to raise much needed cash for the charity, which supports children in need in the area.

It is the first time the university has been involved in the event, which was established in 2012 as part of the Guild Run Series.

This year's course, which started and ended at the Winckley Square End of the park, was changed slightly from the traditional route because of the closure of the tram bridge across the Ribble.

Shane Cliffe organised the event with Preston-based UCLan, Cash for Kids and store group Spar.

The run is one of several community events supported by UCLan throughout the year.

Shane is pictured here putting runners through their paces before the off on his cross-bike.

Shane said: "I've already fought to keep this run going because it's a fantastic community event.

"It's ideal for new runners as well as seasoned competitors. Everyone who takes part receives a medal and of course they will be raising money for a very worthy charity at the same time."

Nikki Thompson, charity manager for Cash for Kids, said: "Every penny raised will go directly towards helping local children who may be disadvantaged or suffering from abuse or neglect, so all of our runners are making a huge difference."

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