The Croydon 10k Road Race just got BETTER

16 Oct 2018

Croydon’s leisure provider, Better, have been named as one of the headline sponsors for the perennially popular  Croydon 10K road race – held this year on Sunday 21 October.

The charity  run – one of the most popular road races held in the region – brings together elite athletes and fun runners – on a 6 mile course starting in Lloyd Park Avenue at  10.15am.

500 runners are expected at the event which is hosted by Orbis Sport and Croydon Harriers.

Previous winners of the race include two-time Olympian Lee Troop from Australia, Wales’s international 1,500m runner James Thie and Great Britain junior cross-country representative Peter Chambers.

Better  facilities in the Borough, include eight leisure centres and Croydon Sports Arena – one the major athletics venues in the town.

Thousands of pounds are set to be raised for local charities, who have all been offered a free place into the run. Croydon charities represented include Age UK Croydon, Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation, Duffus Cancer Foundation, Palace for Life Foundation and the South East Cancer Help Centre.

Prizes are on offer for all age groups from junior men and women (under-20s) to masters aged 70-plus.

Runners of all abilities are always welcome to enter.

For budding young athletes there is a 3km fun run for nine-to-14-year-olds.

Feedback on the Runners World website about previous stagings of the Croydon 10K include:

“Vibe is friendly and I think it is actually quite an attractive route.”

“Very well-organised and marshalled and potentially a very quick course.”

“Well-organised race good undulating course and marshalls were good at stopping the traffic for us! Would do it again!”

For entry and event details visit

Better’s  Partnership Manager for Croydon, David Hughes commented: “Better ,  exist to get more people more active more often and we are delighted to be a main sponsor for this year’s Croydon 10k.”

“By supporting  community activities like this  – as well as investing in the borough’s leisure facilities – we are Improving Croydon residents’ health and wellbeing.”

About GLL/Better

GLL is a not-for-profit charitable social enterprise delivering leisure  and cultural services under the Better brand.

GLL is committed to delivering a better quality of fitness and leisure, libraries and performing arts facilities for everyone. 1st  March marked the transfer of Croydon’s Leisure  facilities to GLL, the 20 year partnership is expected to return big investments into community health and wellbeing and upgrade Council-owned sport and leisure facilities across the borough.

GLL exists to get more people more active more often and in Croydon  manages  8 leisure facilities along with open spaces and parks – including outdoor pitches and courts at 17 parks, the Arena athletics track and Ashburton Hall.

An innovative outdoor programme will maximise the use of outdoor space to boost physical activity levels in the borough working in partnership with Silver fit, Our Parks and LTA.

GLL’s unique business model returns operating surpluses to reinvest in staff training and development, London Living Wage, facilities and grass roots community sports development. The contract promises an uplift in local employment, earn-while-you-learn training apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities.


Key community initiatives;

GLL Sport Foundation: The GLL Sport Foundation is an athlete focussed support programme providing athletes across the UK with tangible support to aid their sports performance, support includes training membership access to over three hundred venues across the UK, access to physio and injury rehab support and financial awards up to the value of £1,250. Applications will open in December for funding support for 2019/2020. More information can be found at-


GLL Community Foundation: The GLL Community Foundation helps local projects with funding, facilities and support that encourages people to be active, to learn and to play together. Projects could include organising a sports tournament or improving a community library to creating a new sports league or revamping a children’s playground. GLL is offering up to £5,000 worth of cash and in kind support to community projects across the UK through their new GLL Community Foundation in partnership with Spacehive. GLL is the first leisure organisation to partner with Spacehive and to contribute to the local community in this way. More information can be found at-



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