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13 Sep

Warrington Gears Up For Grand Weekend Of Running

Start of the English Half Marathon

An exciting quartet of races taking place in Warrington over the course of this weekend means that the English Half Marathon will draw in up to 7,000 runners. The event has progressed to include a 10k and 1 mile race, plus an exciting new 5k Night Run, which will kick-start proceedings on Friday (15 September) evening. 

In what will be its ninth year, the EHM has regularly attracted a sell-out field and looks set to break its record turnout once again. The main event then takes place on Sunday (17 September) with a stunning backdrop of the town’s Golden Gates, the inspiration behind this year’s medal.

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, before the grand finale at the Golden Gates. The ever-popular WireFM Family Mile also returns this Sunday – the perfect run for all the family and a great cooldown for those partaking in the morning’s race.

Prior to this, close to 800 runners will compete in the first ever 5K Night Run in Victoria Park. After completing the 5k ‘under the stars’, participants will receive a great bit of race day bling that depicts a constellation.

Race director Rob Griffiths said: “The team have been working hard over the past 12 months to bring runners a world-class race experience. With this year set to be our biggest to date it’s so exciting to bring so many runners from outside the area to show what our great town has to offer.”

Rob urged everyone to turn out to give their vocal backing this Sunday: “We can’t wait for Sunday and hope hundreds of spectators come out to support the runners by making as much noise as you can!” 

Limited places remain for the WireFM Family Mile. To enter, visit the event website.