THE countdown is officially on to the next instalment of The Surrey Half Marathon after race organisers launched the popular event with the help of Woking dignitaries.
Woking MP Jonathan Lord and Mayor Derek McCrum joined local runners, charity representatives and race organisers at the Leisure Centre last Thursday to celebrate the milestone ahead of the action on March 13 next year.
Each runner will pick up a medal for their efforts, with many already signed up to support local charity groups while putting their best foot forward.
A total of 10 per cent of entry fees will go directly to Shooting Star Chase, a leading children’s charity based in Addlestone.
But it is not just Shooting Star who will benefit. Macmillan Cancer Support have been chosen as the event’s National Charity Partner, and chiefs are urging all runners to lend their backing to a worthy cause.
“We are incredibly proud to be the lead national charity for the race, it is a fantastic event and we look forward to working with
the team to make sure the half marathon is a huge success,” said Riona Doidge, Regional Challenge Events Programme Manager. A Kids’ Sport Challenge (for six to 16-year-olds) will also be run in tandem, and tests youngsters’ physical capabilities in the build up to a 2km run on the same day as the senior competition.
Meanwhile, local businesses are invited to compete for kudos on the streets by participating in the Corporate Challenge in teams of three.
Surrey Half is being sponsored by athletic garment supplier 2XU, whose Sales & Marketing Manager, Mike Martin, said: “Running is a growing part of our business so we are delighted to be partnering the race.
“Our apparel and compression products have helped runners of all levels reach their training and competitive goals so we look
forward to helping all those who set themselves this challenge for 2016.”
Race Director, Toby Jenkins is hoping the sponsorship can help enhance the reputation of the race – this will be only the third
installment of the event. Mr Jenkins said: “The 2XU Surrey Half Marathon brings together so much of the community and local businesses and charities in its delivery.
“It is lovely to see so many of our extended team here today for the launch.”
Details of road closures set to be enforced on the day will be announced in due course.
To find out more about the big day, simply go online to surreyhalfmarathon.co.uk.