Entries are open for the 2017 Shrewsbury Half Marathon on Sunday 18 June and race organiser UKRunChat's Joe Williams is expecting a 2,500 field building upon last year's 1,500.
The Shrewsbury Half route takes runners through the medieval town centre of the scenic Shropshire town past over 600 listed buildings, many of which are black and white timber framed – and through narrow streets with obscure names including Wyle Cop, Dog Pole and Milk Street. Runners should also look out for the magnificent 11th century Shrewsbury Castle.
The second half of the race then takes runners out into the countryside before finishing back at Shropshire County Showground, where the spacious race village - ample free parking and toilets - is located.
Joe Williams told runABC Midlands: "We are excited to be running our second Shrewsbury Half after the overwhelming success of the event in 2016. Shrewsbury is something of a hidden gem and I cannot overemphasise how stunning the setting is for runners looking for a friendly race in beautiful surroundings.
All finishers of Shrewsbury Half Marathon will receive a bespoke medal, technical T-shirt, goody bag and free event photograph through Pic2Go. Entry is from £24.50 (affiliated).
Visit the UKRunChat website for further details and follow @ShrewsburyHalf on Twitter.