Time is running out to share the love for the English Half Marathon festival with organsiers offering a 15% discount until the close of play today (Valentine’s Day) for anyone entering the 13.1 mile or 10k distances. Now under a banner of the EHM Festival of Run, the event, scheduled across the weekend of 13–15 September, is a focal point in the Warrington sporting calendar.
Over the last decade, the half’s reputation has gone from strength to strength and, in 2014, the event expanded to include a 10k road race and family fun run. Last year saw a further addition with the launch of the Friday Night 5K.
2018 heralded the half’s 10th year in business with close to 7,000 runners taking part over the course of the weekend. The festivities kicked off on Friday with the EHM 5K Night race 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.
You can take advantage of the Valentine’s offer here.