Worcester Marathon secures main sponsor

By Tim Clarke Tuesday 11 December 2012 Updated: 12/12 16:05

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Buy photos » Marathon effort - (back row) Sam Bullock and Alex Wilding of Nuffield Health, (front row) Rob Minton of Threshold Events, Claire Bell of Nuffield Health, Jodi Brandwood of St Richard's Hospice and Tina De Gregorio of Nuffield Health. (s)

ORGANISERS of the Worcester Marathon have set their sights on more than doubling the field of runners at next April's event after winning the race to secure a main sponsor.

Over 1,200 people took part in the city's inaugural marathon and half marathon this year but race organiser Threshold Events is targeting more than 2,500 when it returns in the spring.

The success of the first ever Worcester Marathon, which raised funds for St Richard's Hospice, has already helped it to attract a title sponsor - fitness club Nuffield Health.

Race director Rob Minton said: “Securing Nuffield Health as title sponsor is a real coup for the event. I think the success of last year really helped and just proved the kind of reach this event has. Worcester was crying out for an event of this kind and we know these races will grow year-on-year and will be of great benefit to all those involved - sponsors and charity alike.”

Emily Tuck, of Nuffield Heath, said they were delighted to be supporting the marathon and half marathon which will again raise funds for the city hospice.

"We were involved on a small scale last year and that enabled us to see just what a great event it was and we were keen to offer more support this year, so securing title sponsorship is fantastic - it’s a great synergy for us and were very much looking forward to the event," she added.

The races will again start and finish at Worcester Warriors Rugby Club's Sixways Stadium on Sunday, April 15.

Runners will head out on a rural route east of the city with half marathon runners completing one loop and full marathon runners two loops before the last downhill mile to the finish line. Both races start at 9.30am.

All runners receive a t-shirt and goody bag, and there are dedicated prizes for the first, second and third male and female finishers, plus a team prize and corporate team prize.

The race is suitable for all standards of runner and will be chip timed.

To register online visit www.thresholdevents.co.uk All entries must be received by April, 7. None will be accepted on the day.

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