The English Half Marathon will celebrate its eighth year on Sunday (18 September) with the event looking to further cement its status as one of the leading races in the north west. Accompanied by a popular 10k, Sunday’s field (anticipated to be over 4,000) will enjoy a grandstand finish at the Golden Gates at Warrington Town Hall – a modification implemented with much success in 2015.
The new course has also allowed for new town centre race sections to be introduced and proved to be a welcome revision for last year’s runners. Both courses are predominantly flat and see participants leave from the Town Hall before crossing Bridgefoot and heading south.
In the later stages runners will 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 a grand finale at the Town Hall and the chance to run through Warrington’s famous Golden Gates.
Last year’s half marathon saw Daniel Cliffe take top place in 1:07:44, almost two minutes ahead of second placed Degene Gezimu (1:09:29), with Matt Cullen in third (1:13:56). Felicity Milton of German running club Team Memmert led the female field home in 1:21:06, with Louise Blizzard (1:25:24) and Victoria Walls following (1:25:28).
In the 10k, meanwhile, Burnden’s Philip Eccleston secured victory in 34:07, Colin Bishop secured second (35:02) and Charlie Batho third (35:59). Julia Trayhorn was the top female finisher in 42:40, with Kelly Crossley (42:55) and Jane Mitchell (43:01).
A limited number of places are available across both events, registration details are available here.