Organisers of the Nationwide Swindon Half Marathon are hoping this year’s race will once again be etched on runners’ minds after opting to stage it on another memorable date.
Last year’s race was run on the Chinese lucky date of 10-10-10, but this year Sunday, 9 October has been chosen – or 09-10-11.
Entries for the half marathon, five-mile multi terrain and two-mile fun run open on Friday (1 April) and sponsors Nationwide Building Society are keen to get the business community to register for the race’s Corporate Challenge in an effort to beat last year’s record number of runners in the half marathon where more than 1,900 people took part in the 13.1-mile race.
Runners compete as individuals, whilst also representing their business team. The challenge is open to employees and owners of all UK registered businesses, including HM forces and government departments.
Organised by Swindon Borough Council, the half marathon starts on the southern edge of Swindon and winds its way through some of the prettiest neighbouring villages, taking in outstanding views, which more than compensate for the undulating parts of the course the runners face before heading back into the town.
Event registrations, including on-the-day entries for the multi-terrain and fun run will be administered by Sports Systems and Macmillan Cancer Support will be the half marathon’s main charity this year.
Cllr Keith Williams, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene who will be running the half marathon himself, said: “The half marathon continues to go from strength to strength and has built up a strong reputation with runners.
“The race will be held on another really memorable date and it would be great if we could attract more than 2,000 runners in the half marathon for the first time.”
Half marathon competitors must be aged 17 or over on race day and anyone running the multi-terrain must be 15 years or over. The two-mile fun run is for all the family but children under eight must be accompanied by an adult who has also entered the race.
All finishers in all of the races will receive a medal and t-shirt along with the satisfaction and achievement of crossing the finish line. There will also be prize money for the top placed half marathon runners, while pacemakers will also once again be employed.
Annette Kerlin, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Nationwide Building Society, said: “Nationwide is pleased to once again be supporting the Swindon Half Marathon as an important part of our commitment to the local community.
“The race was a great success last year and we hope that we can encourage a record number of people to enter this year. As our employee charity of choice, we are delighted to support Macmillan Cancer Support as this year’s headline charity.”
Anyone wishing to take part in this year’s Nationwide Swindon Half Marathon should call the registration line on 01793 465401 or log onto: www.swindonhalfmarathon.co.uk