More than 2,000 set to take on Stroud half
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.