Long-standing supporters of Rovers, WEC Group, have agreed a deal with the Community Trust to become the headline sponsors of the first Blackburn 10k.
The leading Darwen-based engineering and fabrication organisation will feature prominently on all event branding and will be making a valuable financial contribution to the success of the inaugural 10km road race that starts and ends at Ewood Park on Sunday 17th November.
Wayne Wild, commercial director of WEC Group Ltd, says that he is proud to be putting his company’s name to this major new event that is set to raise key funds for the Community Trust, explaining: “WEC Group are delighted at the opportunity to be the main sponsors of the Blackburn 10k.
"As one of the largest employers in the area, we strive to promote the health and wellbeing of our staff and sponsoring this event is a great opportunity to showcase this.
“We are proud to support Blackburn Rovers Community Trust and the incredible work they do in our local area encouraging members of the public to get involved in sports, not only for health benefits, but to encourage inclusion on and off the pitch.
“We are excited for the local exposure that this sponsorship opportunity will allow us in order to attract skilled individuals and apprentices to join our rapidly expanding company.”
Gary Robinson, chief executive officer of Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, is delighted to have such a recognised organisation supporting the fundraising race, adding: “Bringing in our headline sponsor helps to give the Blackburn 10k an even added sense of grandeur and we’re so pleased that WEC Group – a locally based organisation with a major international profile – are going to take up that opportunity.
“The WEC Group and Blackburn Rovers have a long-established working relationship that has been to the benefit of both parties over recent decades and we’re delighted that the connection is now extending to the Community Trust too for this major event.
“The support from event organisers RunThrough and the enthusiasm of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council to bring this race to the town has been a pleasure to witness and we can’t wait to see thousands of runners being put through their paces on the streets of Blackburn when 17th November comes around.”
Those wishing to get involved in the race as participants can find out key entry details by visiting www.blackburn10k.com.
The route not only gives keen runners a chance to say they’ve raced at Blackburn Rovers’ iconic home, but also takes in some of the town’s major landmarks, circumnavigating the town centre and including a segment across the iconic Wainwright Bridge. Visit www.wec-group.com to find out more about the race’s new major backers.
Photo: Blackburn Rovers CEO Steve Waggott, WEC Group commercial director Wayne Wild, Blackburn Rovers Community Trust CEO Gary Robinson and Blackburn Rovers Community Trust events and fundraising officer Jess Clegg meet to unveil WEC Group’s headline sponsorship of the Blackburn 10k.