A SOCIAL enterprise, Perthshire Running Events, has been established to save Perth’s oldest-running event, the ‘Perth 10k’.
The enterprise, which is a non-profit making body, has been established by local personal trainer, Steven Bonthrone, and business coach, Bryce Redford, whose shared passion for running have brought them together to save the 28 year-old event from disappearing from the city’s athletic calendar altogether.
Perth 10k, originally billed as the ‘Fair City Fun Run’, was previously organised by Perth & Kinross Sports Council, and launched in 1983 on 28th August with over 600 participants taking part in its inaugural year.
Bill Crabb, organiser of the Perth 10k in 1983, commented: “We felt six miles is a fine distance that can be tackled by mums, dads and children and one which can preserve the fun element of running.”
Says a spokesperson: “Over the last 28 years, the race has developed into what is now known as the Perth 10k, but still retains the spirit of that first event and the fun element of running, attracting 1,500 participants at its peak in the late 1980s.
“However. with rising operational costs, the future of the event was under threat and, after discussions with Perth & Kinross Council, both Steven and Bryce felt that the Fair City needed to retain this gem of a running event and have stepped up to the start line to ensure it continues to grow and flourish.”
Steven commented: “I’ve participated in the Fair City Fun Run a number of times and I regularly travel to other cities to participate in their 10k events.
“It’s a great draw for bringing people to the city and for showing off our amazing townscape. It would have been a shame to let it disappear. I felt I had to do something.”
Establishing the tagline. ‘First or Last: It’s the Same Finish Line’, Steven and Bryce are keen to make the point that the Perth 10k is not about speed, it’s about completing the course and taking part in a fun and healthy activity.
The event is open to people of all abilities and can be completed at a pace that suits everyone.
Just like in 1983, the Perth 10K will take place on Sunday 28th August and is open to anyone aged 15 or over.
No entries will be permitted on the day so participants are being encouraged to sign up online at www.perth10k.co.uk or to pick up entry forms at Bells Sports Centre or Campus Sports. Entries close on 24th August at midnight.
Entry costs £11, Scottish Athletics Association members are eligible for a discount on the entry fee.
For more information visit www.perth10k.co.uk.
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