‘ Shop early’ for the Fleet Half Marathon

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Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - NEWS - By Stephen Lloyd

WHILE many peo­ple are busy with Christ­mas shop­ping and wrap­ping presents, or­gan­is­ers of the an­nual Fleet Half Marathon have ex­tra work on top of their own fes­tive plans.

Penny Ab­bott, di­rec­tor of the race on March 17 next year, said: “Some­how ev­ery­one in­volved with the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the race seem to do this on top of their Christ­mas shop­ping and in many cases their own run­ning and rac­ing.

“Plans are pro­gress­ing well for the run and there are so many be­hind the scenes tasks that those tak­ing part will not re­alise hap­pen.

“Medals and goody bags are be­ing made as we speak, race num­bers are be­ing printed and sig­nage, road clo­sures and di­ver­sions are be­ing planned, as well as many other tasks and book­ings.”

Race or­gan­is­ers Fleet and Crookham Ath­letic Club say a re­vi­sion to the lat­ter part of the 2017 route will make the main town cen­tre more ac­ces­si­ble ear­lier, which is good news for those res­i­dents want­ing to shop or eat in the town cen­tre on the day. Each year we do con­sider feed­back we have re­ceived from both run­ners and res­i­dents,” said Penny.

“The event will al­ways cause some dis­rup­tion on the day but with good ad­vanced warn­ing signs and com­mu­ni­ca­tion via the lo­cal press and so­cial me­dia, ev­ery­one should know when and where the town and sur­round­ing area will be af­fected and can plan their day ac­cord­ingly to avoid the few hours when there is dis­rup­tion.

“We thank their sup­port.”

Race or­gan­is­ers said they are ‘ de­lighted’ to be sup­port­ing the Fleet Pond So­ci­ety dur­ing the 2017 race.

“So many lo­cal run­ners en­joy run­ning around the Fleet Pond area and it is a great lo­cal area to dis­cover,” said Penny.

“Why not marathon ev­ery­one run the and for half get spon­sor­ship for Pond So­ci­ety?”

Other race part­ners in­clude Brooks, the in­ter­na­tional run­ning brand, Ev­ery­one Ac­tive, BMW Barons Farn­bor­ough, Al­ton Sports, Macken­zie Smith es­tate agents, The Park Club, The Snow­board Shop and Amey.

Fleet and Crookham Ath­letic Club wel­comes lo­cal run­ners who are tar­get­ing the event in March to go along to their club nights and train with other lo­cal run­ners of all abil­i­ties.

“Don’t be shy, pop down to our club HQ at the Peter Driver sports field in Church Crookham any Tues­day or Thurs­day at 7pm,” said Penny.

“On­line en­tries are over half full now so en­ter to­day to avoid dis­ap­point­ment.”

To en­ter on­line, visit www. fleethalf­marathon. com. the Fleet

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The Win­ner com­ing home in this year’s Fleet Half Marathon.

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Crowds watch­ing the run­ners in last year’s Fleet Half Marathon.

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