The recent launch of the 2017 finishers’ medals for the English Half Marathon and 10K has resulted in a massive impact with runners across the country entries soaring since they were revealed. Both have been designed to replicate the motion of Warrington’s Golden Gates being opened, the iconic finishing spot for those competing on Sunday 17 September.
Such was the immediate response from the launch, the Facebook post revealing the medals was shared over 216 times. Many were quick to applaud race organisers for the design with one runner commenting: “Last year’s medal was awesome. Wondered how you would top that and must say what a great job you have done with this one.”
The reaction suggests that the EHM may well record its largest turnout to date in what will be its ninth year. 2015 saw significant change to the event when, after six years of starting and finishing at Warrington’s Victoria Park, the race moved to the iconic Golden Gates of Warrington Town Hall.
This change has been popular with runners and allowed for new town centre race sections to be introduced. As such, both the half marathon and 10k courses leave from the Town Hall before crossing Bridgefoot and heading south.
In the later stages runners enjoy some great sights - the Guardians at Market Gate, the River of Life on Bridge Street, the Cultural Quarter and Halliwell Jones Stadium, home of Warrington Wolves, before the grand finale.
Entries for both remain open, although recent updates suggest the 10k is nearing sell-out. Further information is available here.