THE RON HILL ACCRINGTON 10KM, WHEELCHAIR RACE AND 1 MILE FUN RUN04/01/2016
A national athletics legend has visited Lancashire to give his seal of approval for a local business giving new backing to a running event hosted in his name.
77 year-old Ron Hill MBE, who still runs every day, visited Bowker BMW in Blackburn to celebrate the announcement of the motor centre’s backing of the Ron Hill 10K in Accrington. The English runner and clothing entrepreneur met representatives of several local running groups who are also supporting the event.
This year’s Ron Hill 10K will take place on Sunday March 6th. The Bowker sponsorship means that runners who enter by January 15th will receive a free bespoke race medal.
“I’m so pleased that the Ron Hill 10K has captured the imagination of runners and local businesses like Bowker BMW. It’s a real compliment to the organisers that their ambitious vision for this annual event has been so warmly received.
“I firmly believe that the Ron Hill 10K will become one of the most eagerly anticipated running events of the local amateur athletic calendar.”
John Lloyd, owner of event organiser Cannonball events, said:
“It was wonderful that Ron agreed to join us. As well as taking a few photos, we all learned a lot from the short time we spent in Ron’s company. He is an inspirational man who gives so much to the athletic community.
“Meeting him has spurred us all on to make this year’s Ron Hill 10K the best ever. It’s time to reach out to even more local runners of all abilities so even more can enjoy the special event we have created here.”
Last year hundreds of people lined the streets of Accrington for the race and nearly 500 runners took part.
Christopher Holdsworth, from the Clayton-le-Moors Harriers, finished in first place and the female winner was Joanne Nelson of the Darwen Dashers running club. Ron himself finished the race with the time of just over an hour.
For event sponsor Bowker BMW, Chris Eccles, said:
“Any community sports event which brings so many people together to enjoy personal sporting achievement deserves all the support it can generate. We’re proud to be sponsoring the event; especially one that is associated with an inspirational local athlete like Ron Hill. We hope as many people as possible will sign up.”
This year’s Ron Hill 10K route will follow a new improved faster, flatter and more traffic free course, starting and finishing at Accrington Town Hall.
Entry costs £16 for affiliated club runners and £18 for unattached runners. A minimum charitable donation of £1 will be made from each entry fee to Running for Cystic Fibrosis. The event also features a wheel chair race and traffic-free one mile Fun Run to enter with prizes to all finishers. Entry is available online by clicking below.