If the promise of the RAF parachute display team making a spectacular entrance at the Spire Healthcare English Half Marathon isn't enough to stoke the fires in the lead up to next month's race, then the prospect of a superhero or two might just do the job. Wonder Women, an all-female running group based in Warrington, are set to tackle 13.1 miles on Sunday 8 September for what will be their biggest challenge yet.
Launched late last year by Victoria Royal, Wonder Women was formed in light of the fact there were no female-only running clubs in the area. As part of their half marathon challenge, the group are fundraising for Motor Neurone Disease Association and are hoping to hit their £1,000 target.
Victoria, 33, commented: "I realised when I came to Warrington that there were no female-only running clubs. Wonder Women is not just a great way of keeping fit, but it is also a brilliant way of meeting new friends, feeling good about yourself and getting valuable downtime in our hectic life."
Next month's event, organised by Contest Sports, takes runners from a picturesque, tree-lined start point at Victoria Park through the southern communities of Warrington. This year's race has witnessed a sizable upturn in entries, with more than 2,500 runners expected to take part.
Entries for the Spire Healthcare English half marathon are still being taken - registration is priced at £27 (£29 non-affiliated) For more information, visit the event website.