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Hilling­don Half Marathon is back!

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Alan Hayes alan.hayes@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

RUN­NERS can get the date in their di­ary now – and start their train­ing – for the sec­ond Hilling­don Half Marathon.

The race will be on Sun­day, April 12, 2015, over the same course as last year but with a few ‘tweaks’ to the set-up.

“The course is go­ing to be the same but we got feed­back from the first one and we are go­ing to make some im­prove­ments that peo­ple have sug­gested,” said or­gan­iser James Ship­ley, whose company, Ac­tive Train­ing World, rein­tro­duced the event last year, after a long ab­sence.

En­hance­ments will in­clude starter ‘pens’ des­ig­nated by pro­jected fin­ish time, so that faster run­ners are not de­layed at the be­gin­ning.

Bet­ter seg­re­ga­tion of cars and run­ners on the Brunel Univer­sity cam­pus, where the race starts and fin­ishes, is also promised, after a few run­ners com­plained about get­ting snarled up with ve­hi­cles leav­ing the race venue.

And Mr Ship­ley said he hoped to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants medals handed out.

“We’d like to try to get 1,000 peo­ple to fin­ish the race,” he said. “Last year we had about 750 en­ter and about 600 fin­ish.”

He is also look­ing for a char­ity for the race to support, as well as cor­po­rate spon­sors.

In 2014, a large team of friends and sup­port­ers of Uxbridge mu­si­cian and DJ Tom Ousby ran the race to raise money for Nys­tag­mus Net­work UK.

Tom, who died in mys­te­ri­ous cir­cum­stances in the Span­ish re­sort of Ma­galuf, in Au­gust 2013, had the eye con­di­tion nys­tag­mus.

Ac­tive Train­ing World do­nated £1,000 from race prof­its to the char­ity, after Mr Ship­ley was im­pressed by the turnout by its team.

As last year, there is an ‘early bird’ dis­count for the first 200 en­tries – a place costs £21 for af­fil­i­ated club run­ners and £23 for non-club run­ners, with £2 off each for the early birds, on a first-come, first-served ba­sis. To en­ter, go to www.hilling­don­half.co.uk.

To nom­i­nate a char­ity to ben­e­fit from this year’s race, or to of­fer spon­sor­ship, email events@ ac­tive­train­ing­world.co.uk.

n PAST MASTERS: (Above and above right) Ath­letes tak­ing part in last year’s half marathon

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