Swindon has got the running bug – with more than double the number of entries of all ages for the Nationwide Swindon Half Marathon compared to last year.
Over 1,700 people have signed up for the 13-mile challenge on Sunday, 12 October.
Some 240 people have also signed up for the five-mile multi-terrain run and more than 300 have already entered the two-mile fun run. That takes the total number of people signed up for the big day, sponsored by Nationwide and organised by Swindon Borough Council, to around 2,300 – more than twice as many people who had registered at this point last year.
Pictured above, 75 year old Henry Fee relaxing before his next half marathon
The Half Marathon is open to everyone aged 17 or over on race day. Participants in the five-mile multi-terrain run must be aged 15 or over on race day and the two-mile fun run is open to everyone (under eight-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult who has entered the event). Entry on the day is only available for the multi-terrain and fun run, but not the half marathon.
People who don’t fancy running can still get involved as a volunteer. So far around 80 people have offered to help marshal or give out drinks on the day and there is still space for more volunteers.
Councillor Justin Tomlinson, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Recreation, said: “This is fantastic news – congratulations to everyone who has got the running bug and signed up for a challenge. The entry figures are extremely impressive and bear testimony to people’s commitment to be more active in their lives. Of course it’s not just about getting exercise – the events are always full of fun and it looks like Sunday, October 12 is set to be bigger and better than ever. There is still time to get involved – whether as a runner, volunteer or spectator. I look forward to seeing you there.”
Below, confirmed runner Arthur Beltrami, 72, taking part in the Mad March Hare earlier this year