More than 2,000 set to take on Stroud half

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORTING INDEX -

AL­MOST 2,000 run­ners will take to the streets of Stroud for the town’s 38th half marathon on Oc­to­ber 21.

The race is one of the old­est half marathons in the coun­try, and its pop­u­lar­ity has been con­firmed by race en­tries which are al­ready ahead of 2017 fig­ures.

En­tries are still avail­able at stroud­half.com/ but the race is close to sell­ing out so be quick.

Hosted in a part­ner­ship be­tween Stroud and District AC and Im­mor­tal Sport Ltd, ath­letes fol­low the proven route, which is by no means flat, but has a ten­dency to bring out the best in run­ners.

There are a few small climbs, but the course is flat and en­gag­ing.

The race start time is 9am and the start and fin­ish are both on Cain­scross Road, which will be closed to traf­fic be­tween 8am and 12.30pm and the fin­ish area is in Mar­ling School field

There is a strong field likely to be tak­ing the start in the mens and ladies races as Phillip Bridge of Wells City Har­ri­ers re­turns to de­fend his 2017 ti­tle, with one of his clos­est chal­lengers likely to be David Bell of Cirences­ter AC, hop­ing to im­prove on his sec­ond place in 2017.

Shona Crom­bie-hicks from Chel­tenham and County Har­ri­ers re­turns to de­fend her ladies ti­tle.

The race is sure to have fa­mil­iar faces for most spec­ta­tors, with al­most 25 per cent of the ex­pected 2,000 run­ners com­ing from Stroud or Stone­house.

The run­ner with the long­est jour­ney is trav­el­ling from New Jer­sey in the United States whilst lengthy trips will be made by run­ners from Pen­rith in the north and from Looe in Cornwall to the south.

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