Marathon ready for a grand turnout

By Geoff Berkeley 13/04 Updated: 13/04 11:45

MORE THAN 1,000 runners from across the country are set to turn out for Worcester's long-awaited first marathon and half marathon event on Sunday (April 15).

Hundreds of running enthusiasts and hardy fund-raisers will be flocking to Sixways Stadium on Sunday morning for the start of the inaugural event.

The race's official charity is St Richard's Hospice which is hoping to raise £50,000 from the event.

The race, organised by Threshold Events, has attracted almost 900 entrants for the half and over 300 contestants for the full marathon.

Starting at 9.30am at Worcester Warriors RFC's ground, the race will take runners on a scenic route, heading out east from the city, through Oddlingley towards Goosehill Green, near Hanbury, before coming back past the Worcestershire villages of Himbleton, Crowle and Tibberton.

The half marathon runners will complete one loop, while participants in the full marathon will take on a second lap, which will include an extra trip past Grafton Flyford, before eventually reaching the last downhill mile to the finish line back at the rugby ground.

Everyone competing will receive prizes, including a t-shirt and a goody bag. There will also be awards for the first, second and third male and female finishers, along with prizes for the highest placed team and corporate team.

Tricia Cavell, hospice fund-raising director, said: “It’s great for the city to have a race of this scale, running is such a fantastic activity to be involved in, but it’s also a great way to raise money for some very worthy causes."

Limited entries will be available on the day itself with registration from 7.30am.

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