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Ready, Steady … Ashfords announced as headline sponsor for the Great West Run

By July 20, 2016January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates

National law firm Ashfords LLP will be headline sponsor of the Ashfords Great West Run, formerly known as Exeter's Great West Run, taking place on 16 October 2016. The half marathon follows an exciting 13.1 mile route through the heart of Exeter combining the energy of the city centre with scenic country lanes and stunning views.

This year the race is aiming to reach capacity at 4,000 runners and is supported by race ambassador, James Cracknell, Olympic gold medallist and rowing champion. James announced the title sponsorship in a recent video ( where he highlighted physical activity as a key priority in the UK's healthcare agenda, encouraging people of all abilities to sign up and take part in the Ashfords Great West Run.  

Graham Cridland, Partner at Ashfords LLP, commented: “Having a renowned sporting champion such as James Cracknell on board as race ambassador is a really exciting and positive step for the event and we hope that more people than ever will sign up and help to promote Exeter as being one of the most active cities in the South West.

This year also sees the return of the popular 1.5 mile Family Fun Run which is open to entrants of all ages and abilities.  

Garry Mackay, CEO at Ashfords LLP, commented, “Corporate Social Responsibly is hugely important to Ashfords and a large focus of our Community Matters policy is our involvement with our local community. We are proud to be able to work alongside the Ashfords Great West Run organisers to look at ways in which we can help make this an even bigger community event and encourage as many people as possible to get involved.

Race Organiser, Charles Beauchamp, said: “We are delighted that a firm with such a strong commitment to local engagement have joined us as title sponsor, and we are looking forward to working with Ashfords to make the Ashfords Great West Run 2016 a fantastic experience for all participants to help drive and improve healthy outcomes for the region.”