Thou­sands warm­ing up to take part in pop­u­lar half-marathon

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THE fifth Eal­ing Half Marathon will be tak­ing place on Sun­day, with more than 7,000 cov­er­ing the 13.1-mile route.

The race, which was voted best half-marathon in the UK in 2014, 2015 and 2016, starts and fin­ishes in Lam­mas Park and is a sin­gle lap through Cen­tral Eal­ing, Mont­pe­lier, Pit­shanger, West Eal­ing, Han­well and St Stephen’s.

The half marathon starts at 9am, with the Eal­ing Mini-Mile tak­ing place at 9.15am.

The Mini-Mile will see run­ners aged six to 16 run­ning a one-mile route around Lam­mas Park.

Spec­ta­tors are en­cour­aged to watch their friends and fam­ily take part in the race at the fol­low­ing van­tage points in Uxbridge Road, Dray­ton Bridge Road, Pit­shanger Lane and Cuckoo Av­enue, some of which ben­e­fit from see­ing the run­ners pass twice.

Kelvin Walker, the race di­rec­tor, said: “As in pre­vi­ous years, the Eal­ing Half Marathon has sold out its pub­lic places well in ad­vance of race day – and this year’s race is look­ing to be the big­gest and best yet.

“We would like to thank ev­ery­one who has sup­ported the race to make it such a fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity event – our part­ners, lo­cal busi­nesses and residents.

“A big thank you also goes to the run­ners who keep com­ing back to sup­port Eal­ing Half Marathon year after year, and we wish them all the best for their race on Sun­day.”

The or­gan­is­ers of the Eal­ing Half Marathon are hop­ing to beat pre­vi­ous fundrais­ing fig­ures for the race’s three head­line char­i­ties – Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety, Cancer Re­search UK and CLIC Sar­gent.

In the past two years the race has raised more than £900,000.

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