Organisers of the Spire Healthcare English half marathon have revealed an exciting development to this year's race with news that the RAF parachute display team will be making a spectacular entrance at the start line. The event, due to take place on Sunday 8 September, has witnessed a sizable upturn in entries this year with around 2,500 runners expected to take part.
The Falcons, widely recognised as the UK's premier military parachute display team, will descend on the start line at Victoria Park 15 minutes before the race begins. After making their entrance, the team will then test their aerobic endurance by tackling the 13.1 miles.
Race director Rob Griffiths was delighted to confirm the news, telling northernrunningguide.com: "We are very privileged to have such display from the RAF Falcons. It will certainly make race day a unique experience for our runners and the many spectators at Victoria Park."
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.
The event, now organised by Contest Sports, takes runners from a picturesque, tree-lined start point at Victoria Park through the southern communities of Warrington. Last year's event saw Paul Lockwood secure a convincing win in a time of 1:10:28, with Kelly Crickmore top in the female field (1:19:00).
For those interested in taking part, entries for the Spire Healthcare English Half Marathon are still open. To register, visit the event website.