Those considering competing in this year’s English Half Marathon (which also comprises a 10k and 1 mile fun run) are being encouraged to do so before race entry prices rise on Friday (1 July). After strong feedback across the board from the 2015 event, organisers are expecting a bumper turnout with more than 5,000 runners set to compete on Sunday 18 September.
Last year saw the EHM celebrate its 7th year in style with participants treated to a fitting finale at the town’s Golden Gates. Departing the town hall, runners headed to South Warrington to Appleton Thorn before taking in Bridge Foot, the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Bridge Street and The Cultural Quarter before finishing at the Golden Gates.
It seems the modified route, specifically designed to incorporate that thrilling finish at the Golden Gates, won over the field. In a survey taken from a pool of 680 runners who competed in 2015, 98% of competitors said they would consider doing the race again this year.
Rob Griffiths, director at organisers Contest Sports, commented: ““We listen to our runners – they in turn drive the kind of race they want. We know what excites them, what makes them choose our event over any another, and try to provide our participants with exactly what they’d like to find in a road running event.”
Rob added: “Together with the Warrington Borough Council we’ve gone to great lengths to design a racecourse that is at the same time smooth and scenic, catering to fast and recreational runners alike. It’s no surprise to us that the finish line at the Golden Gates scores the highest satisfaction rating for this event – it’s a world class and unique finish! It is the most ornate finish line in world running!”
More information and registration details are available here.