Date 21st January, 2019
l-r Chris Mervyn, Marketing Director Lawson Esatate Agents, Nigel Rowe MBE, Race Director and Darren Lawson, MD Lawson Estate Agents

A Plymouth estate agent has agreed a major new sponsorship deal with the Britain’s Ocean City Running Series – announcing a brand new race prize too.

Lawson Estate Agents has renewed its partnership with the organisers of the 5k, 10k and Half Marathon road races in Plymouth.

The agency will be main sponsors for the Plymouth 5K event on October 6th 2019 – and to mark the agency’s new direction as a family estate agent, there will be a special ‘fastest family’ category.

Entrants must be at least 11 years of age and a minimum of three family members must enter. The team can consist of parents and siblings, or grandparent, sibling and grandchildren.*

It is the first community sponsorship deal the agency has agreed since it changed its name from Mansbridge Balment Plymouth, marking a new era for the business.

Managing Director Darren Lawson said that support for community events will be a key part of the agency’s ongoing commitment to giving back to a city that it has always been proud to serve.

“The Lawson estate agent brand reflects our incredibly strong connection to Plymouth. We are as much a family as we are a business, which is why effective community engagement has always been so important to us,” said Darren.

“We wanted to reinforce this family message as part of our sponsorship of the Ocean City 5K, so to offer a special prize for the fastest family to cross the finishing line seemed the perfect way to do that.”

Darren stressed that the agency has always enjoyed a strong relationship with the organisers of Plymouth’s main running events.

As Mansbridge Balment Plymouth, it was a headline sponsor of the 2014 10k and when the event was cancelled a year later in the face of increasing costs, the agency stepped in with a financial rescue package.

“It is great to be supporting them once again, helping us to reinforce our brand       in the community and supporting local people in a wonderful city we are extremely proud to call home, added Darren”

Event organiser David Williams said: “We are delighted Lawson Estate Agents has renewed its association with the Ocean City Running Series. Their support, and that of all our sponsors, is so crucial to making this popular event an ongoing success.”

*Full terms and conditions for the fastest family category can be found at