There’s still time to join the Chippenham Half Marathon
7:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Latest News
MORE than 1,800 runners will be competing in the Chippenham Half Marathon on Sunday.
That leaves 400 places remaining and runners have until tomorrow at noon to sign up.
Last year all 2,200 places had sold out by early July.
Mike Bright, chairman of organisers, Chippenham Harriers, said he suspected people were waiting to make sure they were fit enough to take part before paying the entry fee.
Of the 1,803 entrants so far, who range in age from 17 to 75, three quarters are from outside Chippenham and one third from outside Wiltshire, with some even travelling from a different continent to take part.
Kevin Napier, a member of the organising committee, said: “Practically every county is the UK is represented, and we have an entrant who has given their address as Guernsey and another as Australia.”
It is the first “Chippenham Half” since the race was voted third in the best half marathons of 2011 according to Runners World, which described it as “an event of simplicity and understated beauty, a true racer’s race”.
Finishing times get faster year-on-year, and the first male and female runner home will each receive £250, to be increased to £400 for setting a new male or female course record.
The time to beat is 1:07:48, set in 2011 by Paul Martelletti, running for Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets AC. The ladies’ record, of 1:18:19, was set in 2010 by Team Bath’s Holly Rush.
Runners will set off at 9.30am from the Chippenham Town FC car park on Bristol Road, head out of town via London Road and pass through villages Tytherton Lucas, East Tytherton and Langley Burrell.
Entries cost £18 for affiliated runners and £20 for unaffiliated runners. Entry details are online at www.
chippenhamhalfmarathon.co.uk n Chippenham Harriers is to start a new nine-week beginners’ course for adults on September 20, at Chippenham Sports and Social Club on Fridays at 6.30pm. Details at http://www.chippenhamharriers.co.uk/beginners/index.php
There will be road closures in operation on Sunday between 9am and 10am on Bristol Road, Park Lane, New Road, The Causeway and London Road to the junction with Pewsham Way; and from 10.30am until 1.30pm, Malmesbury Road will be closed to all through traffic between the Hardenhuish Lane and the Park Lane junctions.
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