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News Archive September 2009

One day, two events in one great City. Salford!

Salford City Council has pledged its support to a well-known son of the City, Fred Done. The founder of the World’s biggest independent bookmaker and gaming company Betfred, and owner of Sports Tours International, has created an annual running and cycling event for the City of Salford.

The inaugural event takes place on Sunday 27th September with a 10k run and a 1 km time trialled cycle event.

The 10k run is open to everybody over 15 years old from beginners to experienced club runners. The cycle time trial is divided into group’s aged 12 to 40 plus. The 10k run commences at 9.30am when the runners will be set on their way by Salford’s Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Roger Lightup and Mrs Valaerie Fleet. The race starts and finishes in the Lowry Plaza in between The Lowry and the Lowry Outlet Mall. The run will take you past the Imperial War Museum North and Manchester United’s ground before returning to Salford Quays.

The cycle time trial commences at 12noon and riders will be chip timed over a 1km route again starting and finishing at the Lowry Plaza.

Fred said: “Our recent success with the City of Manchester 10k inspired me to deliver a big sporting event in my home City. My team at Sports Tours have been working closely with Salford City Council and the result is the creation of the 10k run and time trial cycle event. It’s all about the people and good causes for me, so I am certain it will be a great Salford sporting day out on The Quays this September!”

Two of those charities are very close to Fred’s heart; Salford Lads and Girls Club, where Fred attended at a very early age, and also Walkden based Inscape House, a non-maintained day special school for children with autistic spectrum disorders whose aim is to provide a supportive and encouraging learning environment. Fred adds: “These two charities don’t have a high profile and have to work really hard for every penny they raise to carry out the great work they deliver week in week out. I hope lots of runners and cyclists will pick them as their chosen charity on the big day.”

Entrants are being encouraged to help six nominated charities – Mencap, the New Manchester Children’s Hospital, the Salford Mayor’s Charity Appeal, Sparks, Salford Lads and Girls Club and Inscape House.

More details are available on the pages for the events:

Salford Cycle

City of Salford 10k

Latest City of Manchester 10k pictures

Pictures of the City of Manchester 10k are now online in the “Your Story” section of the blog, which you can access on the left hand column, or by clicking here!

You can watch the video here:

City fan runs in United shirt!!

Manchester City fan Nick Cavanagh will be running the City of Manchester 10k, sponsored by Sports Tours International, on Sunday 5th July in a MANCHESTER UNITED shirt.

No Nick hasn’t deserted his beloved Manchester City, he’ll be running the race in a Manchester United shirt and changing half way round into his Manchester City shirt. He hopes more runners will join him in showing a real togetherness as he strides out to raise funds for SOS Children’s Villages. SOS Children’s Villages is the world’s largest orphan and abandoned children’s charity. Child sponsors and donors worldwide provide a new family and home for more than 70,000 children in 475 unique villages in 123 countries.

Nick is also planning a unique fundraising initiative that will start on Monday 26th May. He will be starting a 12 month running challenge to match the distance of the Manchester City team bus as it travels to other Premiership clubs the length and breadth of the country. The total distance covered by the bus during the season will be 1981 miles.

City fan Nick says: “For the record I will be doing this in daily runs wearing the replica shirt of each premiership team, even the one from our arch rivals, but it is for charity so sometimes you have to bite the bullet. I was hoping Portsmouth would be relegated, but I guess not going to Newcastle is a bonus, however I will pop in to the toon on my way to Sunderland!!”

For each mile Nick runs he will be wearing the opposition team shirt, for example it’s 4.6 miles to Old Trafford from Eastlands so that will be over in one outing. At the other end of the spectrum he will be running in a Portsmouth shirt for approx 6 weeks in order to cover the 244-mile distance. Nick does need help from sports companies, fans or even Premiership clubs to supply him with the replica shirt.

Nick adds: “I want all the money I raise to go the this very important charity, therefore if fans, sports company’s etc. can donate shirts I would be extremely grateful.”

Nick is using the City of Manchester 10k to help raise the profile of his chosen charity. Other runners taking part will help to raise funds for the four nominated charities – Francis House, Christies, Cystic Fibrosis and Cauldwell Children.

Race Director Graham Jackson added: “There can be only one winner but the real heroes are those running for their own personal goals and their respective charities. It’s important to realise that whilst the winner will finish in around 30 minutes, the last runner will complete the course in about one hour 50 minutes but no doubt will get the biggest cheer, after all this is now known as THE people’s race ”.

To see what shirts Nick requires or to pledge money to the charity

To find out more on how to enter the City of Manchester 10k visit:

Posted May 2009

Running Survey – request from a University student

I would be really grateful if you would complete the following questions to assist me with my research if you have participated in a running event of 10k or longer. I am a master’s research student studying into the long distance running phenomenon and namely am interested in finding out more about the motivations for participation and the choices you make as a runner in travelling to events. The questionnaire comprises of 3 short sections which shouldn’t take very long to complete (approx 5 minutes) and all answers will be treated with confidentiality and anonymity.
Regards, Lucie Barney
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Jensen gets his edge at Club La Santa

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