A record number of runners have registered for this year’s Barns Green Half Marathon and 10km races. With just a few weeks to go until race day, over 1100 runners have registered for the two races, two thirds of whom are female – a 50% increase on the figures at the same time last year. Barns Green Half Marathon Race Director, Vernon Jennings, commented: “We are delighted to have so many runners registered for our two races with still just over two months to go. We are particularly excited about the interest in the 10km race, which is being run for just the second time. The new race has attracted a lot of interest from runners who don’t want to run a half marathon, but want to experience the competition and excitement of taking part in a professionally organised event with prizes and medals for every competitor.
“Our race is organised completely by volunteers and it is important that we can attract as many runners as possible, to help us keep the event developing and flourishing”.
The 2017 event will take place on Sunday 24 September and will be the 35th running of the Barns Green Half Marathon and the second year of the new 10 kilometer race, which was introduced for the first time last year. The event, which is run entirely by volunteers, raises much for charity and also makes significant donations to various groups, youth and sports clubs, in and around the village, who help with the staging of the race. This year’s official charity for the event is St Catherine’s Hospice and already £1500 has been pledged by runners.
There will be a unique double this year, as Horsham MP, Jeremy Quin, will start both the Barns Green Half Marathon and 10km races. Of course there is a twist. Jeremy will be on a podium with a claxon, to act as the official starter for the Barns Green Half Marathon (approximately 10am), after which he will get into his running gear and take part in the 10km event, which starts a few minutes later at 10.20am. Horsham Joggers legend, John Booker, will be marking this, his 35th entry into the Barns Green Half Marathon, by wearing the vest number 35.
Last year, almost 1800 runners registered for the Half Marathon and 10k races, which follow routes on closed roads through the lanes of Barns Green, Itchingfield, Christ’s Hospital and close to Southwater, through some of the most scenic countryside in West Sussex. This year, once again, a number of bands and groups will be performing, at different points on the race routes, to help keep all the runners motivated.
For further details on how to take part in the race, please visit the Barns Green Half Marathon website: barnsgreen-half.org.uk