Organisers of the Spire Healthcare English half marathon have been hitting the streets of Warrington encouraging people in the town to get active and get running. On Saturday 18 May, the team attended the Warrington Food Festival in the town centre with their treadmill; their aim, to get market traders and shoppers to clock up as many miles as possible.
Steve Pickering, manager of Warrington Market, said: "The English half marathon treadmill challenge was a huge attraction at the food festival, it was great to see so many people getting over their fear of running and getting involved - I was tired just watching it!" The team and their treadmill will be back in the Town Centre today Saturday (25 May) for the Warrington Teenage Market and will be out and about at other community events over the summer.
The determination in getting Warrington locals involved in the race has been one of the key objectives of the English half marathon, which had a change in management after last year's race. New event director Rob Griffiths added: "We want to use our event and its profile to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to get running. It's a very accessible activity but many people do put barriers up and stop themselves from getting out and being active."
Due to take place on Sunday 8 September, the half marathon has witnessed a sizable upturn in entries this year with around 2,500 runners expected to take part. September's event will also be marked by the appearance of RAF parachute display team, making a spectacular entrance at the start line before tackling the half marathon.
Entries for the English half marathon are still being taken. For more information, visit the event website.