Stafford’s annual Half Marathon and one-mile Stafford Fun Run is back next Sunday (September 19) with runners taking part from all over the Midlands and beyond.
The event, organised by Freedom Leisure in partnership with Stafford Borough Council, will see 3,000 runners tackle a 13.1-mile route around the town.
The Half Marathon starts at 10.00am in Stafford Street in the town centre, heading out to Newport Road, down West Way, along the Wolverhampton Road, up Lichfield Road and Radford Bank, down through Baswich towards Kingston Hill, along Beaconside, down the Stone Road and picking up the Isabel Trail to Victoria Park before the finish line in Market Square.
There will be a number of road closures in place between the hours of 6am and 1.30pm with full details available from www.staffordhalf.com
In addition, the Stafford Fun Run will also take place starting at around 10.10am after the half marathon runners have set off and is open to everyone (although under 12’s need to be accompanied by an adult).
Places are still available for the Fun Run which must be entered in advance at www.staffordhalf.com and is free to children attending schools in Stafford Borough.
Freedom Leisure Active Communities and Events Manager Liz Hulse, says: ‘This year marks 38 years of the Stafford Half Marathon and we are delighted to be back in the county town delivering a live event.
‘All the road closures are phased to keep disruption to a minimum and are in place for the safety of runners, volunteers and the public.
‘These events are a great way to engage with local people, especially the Fun Run which is really accessible to all – whether children, families looking to run together or those new to running. We are pleased to see so many children joining in with their families, because a fun event like this can instil an active lifestyle from a young age.
‘Volunteers from local organisations also help with stewarding, handing out water, bananas, T-shirts and medals, as well as directing runners. We couldn’t do it without them, so a huge ‘thank you’ to all those people and good luck to everyone taking part.’
Ivan Horsfall-Turner, Managing Director of Freedom Leisure, added: ‘We are really excited to deliver this fantastic event for Stafford once again and look forward to welcoming the runners of both the Half Marathon and Fun Run at the start line! Best wishes to all participants - we hope that the race is a memorable and enjoyable occasion for all.’
Carolyn Trowbridge, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: ‘It’s great to see the return of the Half Marathon, as this is a major event on the sporting calendar. Many of the runners will be raising money for charities – often with very personal stories of taking on this challenge to remember loved ones or help those in need.
‘I’m also pleased to see our Fun Run returning and this is a positive way to get youngsters, along with their families, involved in physical activity in a wonderful atmosphere, which we always have on the day. You never know, it may encourage our younger residents to take part in the half marathon in years to come.’
These events are sponsored by:
The University of Wolverhampton in Stafford Centre – which has delivered free public lectures for runners. Second-year students from the university’s Sports and Exercise degree course will be providing sports massage for runners.
Stafford Railway Building Society – which has a branch in Market Square and whose team will be there on the day supporting all the runners.
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