Momentum for the Spire English Half Marathon is building with organisers encouraging prospective competitors to register before the entry deadline this Saturday (31 August). The race, now in its 5th year, is set to draw in its biggest field to date with 2,500 runners expected to take part on Sunday 8 September.
After changing hands last year, the half-marathon is now under the direction of Warrington local Rob Griffiths, who has focused his attention in reinstating a community feel to the event.
Speaking ahead of the race, Rob commented: "When my team and I took over the race last year, we had to get some of the basics right. We have focused a great deal on promoting this event across Warrington and across the region. As a local Warrington lad, I am very pleased with growth of entries. We are very optimistic about the future of this race for Warrington."
The course moves from a picturesque, tree-lined start point at Victoria Park through the southern communities of Warrington. This year's race will also be marked by the appearance of the RAF parachute display team, who are set to make a spectacular entrance at the start line. The Falcons, widely recognised as the UK's premier military parachute display team, will descend on the start line before taking part in the half marathon.
This will not be the only attraction expected to draw in participants and spectators. With plans for a Fitness & Wellbeing Expo, Mini Food Festival, Charity Village, Kids Playzone and designated spectator cheering points on the half marathon route, organisers believe that race weekend will be huge event for the whole town.
Rob added: "To create a successful event there has to be lots on for the family to get involved with. We believe we have a unique event that the whole town can be proud of."
Entries close this Saturday, with registration priced at £27 (£29 non-affiliated). More information is available on the event website.