The Great Run Company has announced a three-year partnership with award winning new and used car retailer Arnold Clark who will provide a fleet of vehicles across its mass participation events.
Arnold Clark is Europe’s largest independently owned, family-run car company and will supply all vans and vehicles for Great Run, Great Swim and City Games events.
The partnership, starting in September 2016, begins with providing a fully branded fleet for the world’s biggest Half Marathon, the Great North Run.
The world’s favourite run, broadcast live on BBC One, will see 57,000 participants take on the 13.1 mile route on Sunday 11 September.
The Great North Run will be the highlight of a spectacular weekend in the region, which also features the Great North CityGames, the Great North 5k plus the Junior and Mini Great North Run.
With over 60 years of experience, Arnold Clark will be working behind the scenes with their vehicles ensuring all events are set up on time.
They will also transport the best athletes in the world to the start line, move press reps around courses and carry the all-important timing clocks for elite races.
Mark Hollinshead, Group Chief Executive of the Great Run Company, said: “The Great Run Company is famous for delivering world-class events so our partnership with Arnold Clark, known for their world- class customer service and Europe’s largest independently owned car company, is a perfect fit.
“Arnold Clark are supplying branded cars and vans to Great Run events to ensure our athletes, event team and stakeholders the best transport when traveling to and from the start and finish line, starting with the world’s biggest Half Marathon, the Great North Run.”
Gary Murphy, Arnold Clark Ford Franchise Manager said: “We’re thrilled to be official vehicle suppliers to The Great Run Company. As a national company it’s always been important to Arnold Clark to promote sport in our local communities.
“In this, our third year of running our sports kit giveaway, ‘Gear Up For Sport’, it feels very fitting that we can show our support to this epic event.”
Watch live coverage of the Great North Run on BBC One from 9.30am-1.30pm on Sunday 11 September. Highlights are on BBC Two from 6.00pm. For more information visit: Greatrun.org/North