City Runs to be festival of running for Bradford
29 September 2013
Bradford City and Bradford Bulls have got firmly behind the new-format Bradford City Runs planned for Sunday 27 October.
Running groups are encouraged to get involved, and with 19 Run England groups in Bradford and well over 100 across Yorkshire, there should be plenty of interest!
Players, staff and fans are all being encouraged to get involved either by participating in the runs themselves (5K, 10K or half marathon options) or by volunteering and supporting on the day to help make this a real festival for Bradford.
Former Bradford City defender Wayne Jacobs, who is committed, via the charity One In A Million, to making Bradford a top centre for sporting events, is excited by the prospect of the new approach.
He said: "The design of the event is brilliant in terms of involving the whole city and district in what promises to be a cracking event in October. We’re working with the Bradford City fans and also with our friends and colleagues at the Bulls to get people involved in whatever way they can to make this a day out to remember in the city centre."
He continued, "Hopefully, we can create some good-natured rivalry between City and Bulls fans and see who can get the biggest turn-out on the day! It’s a great concept and one that can grow and grow."
This year the involvement of local athletics clubs from Bradford Athletics Network and the inclusion of Sue Ryder at Manorlands and Epilepsy Action - charities that have already shown a commitment to the promotion of running in the district - means that the City Runs Event will establish itself as a unique part of the running calendar.
Coun Andrew Thornton, Bradford Council's Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Sustainability, said: "The multi-distance approach and the lap course means that the event is open to people at all stages of fitness and levels of ability, and can provide a 'launch pad' for participants to take part in other key events in the calendar. It also offers maximum opportunity for spectators and supporters to watch the runners as they rise to the challenge of their chosen distance."