Priority entry for the 2012 Standard Chartered Great City Race is now open. The 5km corporate running challenge, now in its eighth year, takes place around the closed off streets of London’s Square Mile on Thursday 12th July at 7.15 pm. Last year the race attracted a record 6,500 runners from nearly 400 companies and places sold out in record time.
The priority places are allocated to those runners who have previously taken part in the race. However, other companies can register their interest on the official race website www.cityrace.co.uk
£5 from every entry fee will be donated directly to the official race beneficiary, Seeing is Believing, which is a global initiative to help tackle avoidable blindness. Standard Chartered Bank, which set up the initiative with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, has pledged to match all money raised in conjunction with the race, pound for pound, doubling the impact.
To help prepare runners for the race, the event’s dedicated Facebook page and website include a wealth of training and nutrition tips and give advice on how to fundraise for Seeing is Believing. http://www.facebook.com/StandardCharteredGreatCityRace
Richard Holmes, Standard Chartered, CEO Europe said, “Standard Chartered Bank is proud to support such a unique City community event and looks forward to the build-up to this year’s event. With our theme for this year’s race being ‘Run for a Reason’, we are encouraging everyone to take part whether it’s to improve fitness, support a charity, set a personal challenge, build teamwork or just to enjoy an evening of great entertainment.”
David Bedford, Joint Race Director said, “The Standard Chartered Great City Race is not only one of our flagship events but equally a key date in the City diary. A huge number of companies return every year to take part and we fully expect this year’s allocation of places to fill in record time again. We hope to ensure that every one of the 6,500 participants and also the hordes of spectators will enjoy a memorable race day experience.”