HUNDREDS of people are gearing up for this year’s Nationwide Swindon Half Marathon.
Last year a record-breaking turnout of 1,800 people took part in the half marathon, with over 1,000 people in the two smaller races, and organisers hope to equal that number in the event’s sixth year.
Organised by Swindon Borough Council and sponsored by Nationwide Building Society, 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.
The five-mile multi-terrain race is open to anyone over 15 years of age and takes you through beautiful Coate Water Country Park. The two-mile fun run is run exclusively on pavements and roads and is a real family event open to all ages.
All finishers, in all of the races will receive a medal, t-shirt and a goody bag along with the satisfaction and achievement of crossing the finish line.
Organisers are also encouraging members of the public to be marshalls on the day. Volunteering could be marshalling around the course, on a water station, or being part of the start/finish team.
Nationwide Swindon Half Marathon ambassador and professional triathlete Emma-Kate Lidbury hopes to be among the large number of people taking to the town’s streets in October.
Emma-Kate said: “Anyone thinking about entering should definitely get involved. If you have got a race like that on your doorstep that is so well organised it is a real incentive to get fit and get active.”
Cllr Keith Williams, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Corporate Services, said: “We have a beautiful course through the Swindon countryside and amazing support from our sponsors. The half marathon gets better year after year”
For more information about this year’s Nationwide Swindon Half Marathon call 01793 511033 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can log onto: www.swindonhalfmarathon.co.uk