More than 4,000 runners will come together on Sunday 19 March to compete in what is regarded as one of the north west’s premier events, the Waters Wilmslow Half Marathon. As ever, the race is expected to draw some of the top athletes in the region, while many will also be competing to raise funds – the Wilmslow Half, raises, on average, £250,000 for charity each year.
Staged for over 30 years, the event has been regularly voted as one of the top half marathons in the UK. The counter-clockwise, predominantly flat course takes runners through the leafy lanes of Wilmslow and Mobberley and is known to offer a fair chance of an early season PB.
With a total prize pot exceeding £10,000, the half marathon looks certain to attract a host of top names in just over a fortnight. 2016 saw RunFast duo Josphat Kipkemoi and Barnaba Kipkoech achieve a speedy one-two, with the former claiming victory in 1:04:59. Teresiah Omosa, also of RunFast, finished first woman in 1:14:49.
Yet the half has, throughout the years, been an event that thousands have committed to running to raise funds for charity. Last year, The Christie Hospital received £57,000 from Wilmslow participants – the charity for the 2017 race is The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.
Entries for this year’s race will remain open until Sunday 19 March. Registration is available here.