Runners from across Derbyshire and beyond are being invited to sign up for the Central Health Derby 10K, organised by Sporting Futures, as entries go on sale for the 18th consecutive year.
The event will take place on Sunday 15th April 2018, starting out from the city’s iconic Pride Park Stadium, winding past the city’s best known landmarks including Derby Cathedral and crossing the finish line back at the Stadium. As in this year’s race, to allow a safe finish for all runners, the event will finish at the front of the stadium rather than inside the pitch.
Sponsored again by local healthcare firm, Central Health, places for Derby’s biggest annual mass participation event are snapped up by runners well in advance every year. This year Sporting Futures are offering an early bird discount to the first 100 entrants.
Over 4,500 runners took part in this year’s event which saw Joe Rainsford of Heanor Running Club crowned winner, completing the distance in 31:23, and Veleska Wills claiming the female title with an impressive time of 36:01.
This year, Sporting Futures is opening up the event to 5,000 participants and runners of all standards are being urged to sign up to guarantee their place.
Sporting Futures Events Manager Emma Pilgrim said, “The Central Health Derby 10K is a fantastic race that takes in some of the city’s most recognised landmarks. It’s a great event for participants and spectators alike, as the sight of so many runners winding through the city is truly inspiring. We’re hoping more people than ever will get involved this year, with new packages being put in place for Jog Derbyshire members across the county, and a limited early period where runners can grab their entries at a discounted price.”
The Central Health Derby 10K is a key event for Sporting Futures as their biggest fundraiser, generating thousands of pounds for the charity every year which is re-invested into their work with disadvantaged young people across the county.
The 2018 Derby 10K will be sponsored by Central Health for the third year running. Emma said “We are delighted to welcome back Central Health as headline sponsors for the Derby 10K and we are looking forward to their support. They will be on hand to offer advice to runners in the build up to the race, and will be providing race ready clinics and discounts on appointments.”
Central Health’s Clinical Director, Kevin Huffington, said, “Following the success of the past two races which we have proudly sponsored, we are looking forward to carrying on our relationship with the biggest race that takes place in the city every year.
“As we provide healthcare services such as physiotherapy podiatry and osteopathy, and look after many runners from Derby, this sponsorship is a perfect fit for Central Health. We didn’t hesitate to re-sign as headline sponsor for the third time.
“Being involved with the Sporting Futures event strengthens our commitment to supporting major running events in the local area, and also to supporting a vital local charity.”
As well as the 10K, the 3K fun run will be back next April, and the event will also include the popular Business Team Challenge, sponsored by Central Occupational Health, inviting companies, teams and colleagues to sign up and compete against each other for prizes.
Entries are now open on the Sporting Futures website https://www.sporting-futures.org.uk/register