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Leicester’s Big 10k is back and organisers are confident it will be bigger and better.

More than 600 runners took part in last year’s Big 10k Event. This year’s event, which is sponsored by Western Power Distribution, takes place on Sunday 12 May and it is hoped that more than 800 runners will take part.

Race organiser, Threshold Events, is confident they will attract in excess of 800 runners and in turn help raise invaluable funds for its charity partner – Rainbows Hospice For Children and Young People – which helps children, young people and their families in Leicestershire who are living with life-limiting illnesses.

Rob Minton, Race Director of Threshold Events, said: “Securing Western Power Distribution as title sponsor is a real coup for the event. I think the success of last year really helped and just proved the kind of reach this event has. Leicester was crying out for an event of this kind and we know this races will grow year-on-year and will be of great benefit to all those involved – sponsors and charity alike.”

Stella Hayward, Corporate Communications Officer at Western Power Distribution, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting our city’s premier running event. We were very keen to be involved and support the race, so being the title sponsor is fantastic – we’re very much looking forward to the day.”

The race starts at 9.30am at Abbey Park. Participants run along a very flat route, inside and outside of the park. All runners will receive a technical t-shirt and goody bag. There will be dedicated prizes for the first, second and third male and female finishers, plus a team prize and corporate team prize.

Katie Baxter, Community and Events Manager at Rainbows said: “It is a great honour to have been chosen as the charity partner for Leicester’s Big 10K. We are really excited and we are hoping 2013’s race will be huge success.”

Entries are now open. Register online at All entries must be received by Tuesday 7 May. No entries will be accepted on the day.



For further information please contact Sarah Bland or Rob Minton / 01789 267337.

Notes to Editors:

Threshold Events has been organising a variety of running races for the past five years, including a summer and winter multi-terrain series which takes place in Illmington, just outside Stratford-upon-Avon.  2012 saw Stratford’s Big 10K back for its fourth year, and April 2013 sees the return of Worcester Full and Half Marathon for its second year.  New for 2013 is the H-ilmington 12 and the Cotswold Hilly 100 Cyclosportive.

The company also organises running seminars and running weekends in Stratford-upon-Avon to enable runners to further their knowledge, meet new runners and enjoy one of the most beautiful towns in the Country.

And in addition to event organisation Threshold Events also provides professional chip timing services.

For more information about all Threshold Events can offer please visit the website – and ‘like’ them on Facebook for all the latest news and updates

About Western Power Distribution

  • Western Power Distribution (WPD) is the distribution network operator for the Midlands, South West England and South Wales, and is responsible for delivering electricity to approximately 7.7 million customers in the UK.
  • WPD is not an electricity supply company and does not bill customers in the UK. Its responsibility is to distribute electricity from the point of generation to homes and businesses.


For further information, please contact Scott Lea on or 01509 638062 / 07980 901297.

About Rainbows Hospice for Children & Young People

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People covers the whole of the East Midlands, although it is based in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

It was founded by Gail and Harry Moore, whose daughter, Laura, had died of Leukaemia in 1989. Laura's favourite thing in the world was a rainbow.

Since its official opening in April 1995 by HRH Prince of Wales, hundreds of life-limited children, young people, their families, siblings, relatives and friends from across the East Midlands have used the hospice.

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to be told their child will die before them. But for an estimated 20,000 families across the UK, this is a reality. Some of these children will die when they’re very young, others will deteriorate slowly over a number of years.

In most cases, full-time care falls to the parents – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Not surprisingly the whole family is under huge emotional, physical and financial strain.

Rainbows helps children and families in these situations with the emotional and physical challenges they face, helping them to make the most of life.