The team behind Warrington's English Half Marathon are urging people to use the New Year as a springboard to get running and have a more active lifestyle. The English Half Marathon returns to Warrington for its 6th year on 21 September under the banner of EHM Festival of Run, which will also now include a 10k road race and 1 mile Family Run as well as a large scale community event at Victoria Park.
Last year's event saw almost 2,500 runners take part and was marked by a spectacular entrance by the RAF parachute display team, who descended 10,000 feet ahead of the 9am start. The course took runners from a picturesque, tree-lined start point at Victoria Park through the southern communities of Warrington. The event saw Mat Rushbrook lead the field home in a time of 1:14:04, with Law and District's Hilary McGrath top in the female competition.
Adrienne Hall from EHM organisers Contest Sports said: "The New Year has already seen a significant uplift in entries for this year's EHM Festival of Run. Many people are setting their health and wellbeing goals for 2014 and signing up for an event helps people keep focused. The introduction of the 10k race has also brought new runners to the event!"
As the 2014 Festival of Run approaches, organisers have provided social runs to prepare competitors for the big day. The runs are delivered by the EHM team, and as an added incentive, anyone who attends this Sunday will be given a free EHM technical training t-shirt. Adrienne added: "There were lots of different paces and many people buddy up to support each other, making friends along the way."
For anyone interested in attending the social run, the meeting point is at the Run Geek shop Unit 21-22 Times Square, Bank Street, WA1 2AR Warrington, from 9:15 am, warm up at 9:25, ready for the off at 9:30am. For more information on the English Half Marathon, visit the event website.