The success of the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) half marathons series is reflected in the addition of two new events to the programme. The new event in Leeds (8 February) takes place at Harewood House, one of the treasure houses of England with its stunning architecture and outstanding art collections which will prove the perfect backdrop for a Sunday run in the countryside.
The big Leeds day is followed by a race for motorsport fans at the legendary Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch (1 March). The second new event offers a fantastic, unique opportunity for runners to test themselves on some of Formula 1’s most famous bends. The Brands Hatch circuit in Kent also hosts a 10k run on the same day;
The two new dates join the established programme of Blenheim Palace, Swindon, Longleat and Warwick. The series begins at Blenheim on 5 October) with a run which starts and finishes in front of the great palace itself. The half marathon takes you on undulating, tarmac paths through the stunning Blenheim estate. A 10k and family fun run are also on the card.
The following week (2 October) sees the series head to the picturesque county of Wiltshire for the Swindon Half Marathoner. The event takes runners out of town to soak up beautiful views across the Wiltshire Downs. On the day there’s a 2k fun run and 5k multi-terrain challenge alongside the main event.
The Longleat Half Marathon returns for the third time on 15 March- highlights are stunning Elizabethan architecture and exotic wildlife around the course. The series concludes in the Midlands with the Warwick Half Marathon on 22 March. The 13.1 mile route goes around Warwick town centre, through its surrounding countryside and finishes inside the racecourse.
Louise Hazel, GB heptathlete, ays: ““Heart disease can affect anyone and strike when you least expect it. I should know; I lost my father at just 50 years old. This is why I’m lending my support to the BHF Half Marathons series. It is money raised from events such as these that is helping to fund the vital treatments that are transforming the fight against heart disease and making a difference to the millions of adults and children affected by it.”
Find out more about the BHF Half Marathon series at the charity website.