All set for Cov’s big­ger and bet­ter half marathon

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - By LAURA HART­LEY

MORE de­tails have been re­vealed for the 2019 Coven­try Half Marathon, which will be part of the new Fes­ti­val of Run­ning.

En­tries have opened for the ex­panded event af­ter this year’s half marathon was can­celled due to bad weather.

The fes­ti­val takes place over two days and in­tro­duces a 5k along­side the Half Marathon and Chil­dren’s Mile.

On Satur­day March 23, the Chil­dren’s Mile and Tod­dler Dash will take place around Me­mo­rial Park be­fore 4,000 run­ners take to the streets on Sun­day March 24 in both the Coven­try Half Marathon and the in­au­gu­ral Go Run 5k to raise tens of thou­sands of pounds for lo­cal char­i­ties.

The fes­ti­val has part­nered with four lo­cal char­i­ties, Zoe’s Place, My­ton Hospice, Penny Ap­peal, and Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal Coven­try and War­wick­shire, all of whom will of­fer char­ity places for the event, and is sup­ported by Coven­try Run­ner and Med­well Hyde.

The ex­panded event co­in­cides with Coven­try’s term as an ACES Eu­ro­pean City of Sport and the city’s Year of Well­be­ing.

Event Or­gan­iser Mil­lie McCaugh­rean from Coven­try Uni­ver­sity Stu­dents’ Union, said: “This event high­lights how sport can be ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one, re­gard­less of age or abil­ity.

“Whether you’re an ab­so­lute be­gin­ner tak­ing part in your first 5k, a more ex­pe­ri­enced run­ner tak­ing on the Half Marathon, or still in school there’s an op­por­tu­nity for you.

“The Fes­ti­val of Run­ning is a great chance for Coven­try to come to­gether to cel­e­brate and en­joy tak­ing part in sport.”

Coun­cil­lor Ab­dul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader and Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Events at Coven­try City Coun­cil, said: “I’m de­lighted to hear that the an­nual Coven­try Half Marathon will be part of an ex­panded big­ger com­mu­nity fes­ti­val be­cause we are Eu­ro­pean City of Sport in 2019.

“With the half marathon now an es­tab­lished part of the city’s event cal­en­dar, it’s great the week­end will be ex­tended by host­ing a Fes­ti­val of Run­ning with ad­di­tional events.

“The ad­di­tional 5k event along­side the Chil­dren’s Mile and Tod­dler Dash events will, I’m sure, en­cour­age more peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties to get ac­tive and be healthy which can only be good news in our bid to get more peo­ple mov­ing.” En­tries for the Half Marathon opened at noon on Tues­day, en­tries for the 5k will be open at noon on Oc­to­ber 16 2018.

News Re­porter laura.hart­ley@reach­plc.com

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