More than 70 people joined the BAPS Charities Annual 10k Challenge in Preston on Sunday 12 April 2015.
In total, over 3,000 participants walked or ran the 10 kilometres in about 20 towns and cities across the UK. The annual event brings together people of all ages and backgrounds around the country to do something healthy and fun and to raise valuable funds for a variety of worthy causes.
The official partner for BAPS Charities this year is the British Heart Foundation, the nation’s largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. The Challenge also raised funds for Rosa, a charitable fund set up to support initiatives that benefit women and girls in the UK.
Previous national partners have included Barnardo’s, Breast Cancer Care, Diabetes UK, Age UK, KIDS, The Anthony Nolan Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support as well as the British Heart Foundation.
The annual challenge has evolved since its inception over 20 years ago. This year offered participants one of four very different physical feats to complete: the traditional 10km walk or run, a bike ride from London to Brighton or Paris, a gruelling Spartan Challenge, and for the really adventurous, a tandem skydive.
The event in Preston kicked off shortly after 10am from Penwortham Community Centre.
Addressing the gathering, BAPS Charities volunteer Nagindas Gandhi thanked everyone for their warm support of these worthy causes and for turning up despite the cold and wet weather.
After the opening ceremony, walkers and runners moved along the route of Lower Penwortham, Broadgate and the Riversway Dockland Area.
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