Sponsors' delight with winning day at City
- Fri 09 Jul 2010, 11:13AM
- Posted by Damaris Treasure
The City of Manchester 10k at the Regional Athletics Track got a big thumbs-up from first-time sponsors K-Swiss as well as more than 2,000 weary but happy competitors.
City in the Community played their part in making it a great day out too for hundreds of spectators, providing entertainment throughout including a speed gun shoot-out, football bowling and a kick-up competition.
California-based K-Swiss, the leading sports footwear brand, were delighted with their first UK running event and are already looking forward to the 2011 event.
UK marketing Manager Nick Grocott said: “We were told this was a real ‘people's race’ with lots of family involvement and we were not disappointed.
"And what a way to spend American Independence Day surrounded by energetic runners and enthusiastic supporters. We couldn't have wished for a better start to our involvement in this event.”
Four nominated charities will benefit - The Lord Mayor of Manchester’s Charity Appeal Trust, Francis House Children’s Hospice, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Key 103 charity Cash for Kids.
Legendary runner Ron Hill and the Lord Mayor of Manchester set the runners off. Jean Ndayisenga won the men’s race in a time of 29min 22sec, with the women’s race won by Salford Harrier Tessa Walker in 35.03.