There is expected to be a flurry of entries coming through for the 2019 edition of the English Half Marathon festival with organisers opening entries today (Thursday 1 November). There was also confirmation of next year’s race date, with the event set to take place over the weekend of 13-15 September.
Over the last decade, the half’s reputation has gone from strength to strength and, in 2014, the event expanded to become the EHM Festival of Run with the addition of a 10k road race and family fun run. Last year saw a further expansion with the launch of the Friday Night 5K.
Tthe event celebrate its 10th year in style in September with close to 7,000 runners taking part over the course of the weekend. The festivities kicked off on Friday with the 5k night run and culminated on Sunday with the 10k and classic half marathon distance.
A big draw for runners is the half marathon course, which starts on Winmarleigh Street with the Town Hall and Golden Gates as a backdrop. The route travels over Bridge Foot before the Half Marathon takes in aspects of the previous route in South Warrington.
The route then heads back into the town centre, taking in landmarks such as The Halliwell Jones Stadium, The Guardians (or skittles) at Market Gate, The River of Life on Bridge Street and The Cultural Quarter, before heading back up Winmarleigh Street and finishing through the Golden Gates at the Town Hall.
Demand is expected to be high, so get in quick to secure your spot at the 2019 English Half Marathon.