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| Part of the NSRRA Race Programme |
| Undulating rural course |
| Chip timing | Marshalled course |
| Race pacers - 1.30 - 1.45 - 2.00 - 2.15 - 2.30 |
| 3 water stations |
| Individual prizes: first 3 men and first 3 women finishers and vet category winners |
| Team prize: top 3 men and top 3 women cumulative finishing times (affiliated runners only) |
| CASH PRIZE £100 Beat The Clock NEW Course Record: Male 1:14:08 and Female 1:22:42 |
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| RACE SOLD OUT |
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| DEADLINE FOR RACE TRANSFERS Friday 4th October 18:00 |
| Proudly supporting our charity partners |
Friends for Leisure are a registered charity helping children and young people with disabilities across Cheshire East to enjoy friendship and leisure. They have a vision of a society where all children and young people have the same opportunities and the support they need to make friends and have fun.
Through a variety of services, Friends for Leisure offer 5 youth groups, ten-pin bowling clubs, breakfast clubs, a drama club and a programme of holiday activities, as well as one-to-one friendships, or ‘buddies’.
What makes Friends for Leisure unique is that a vast team of young volunteers (80% under 21 years old) help to deliver all these activities so that local children are happier, healthier and no longer lonely or isolated.
Visyon is a mental health charity supporting local young people when they need it most.
North West Air Ambulance Charity takes advanced healthcare to scene; reaching, treating and transferring patients to definitive care as quickly as possible and working collaboratively with it's partners to ensure they are transferred to the best treatment centre thus improving chances of survival and reducing the risk of long term injury.
Just as many critically injured patients would not survive without the service, North West Air Ambulance Charity would not be here without help. The service is funded by the generosity of the public through donations, fundraising activity, lottery membership and through their network of retail outlets, who provide vital charitable funding to keep their service flying.
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Congleton Half Marathon Press Release
Congleton Half Marathon
Just over two weeks until this year’s SOLD OUT Congleton Half Marathon which takes place on Sunday 6th October 09:30.
This popular local race, now in its 36th year which regularly attracts in excess of 400 runners, follows a picturesque, undulating, rural lollipop shaped course that wends its way around the local villages and hamlets of Somerford Booths, Marton, Lower Withington, Kermincham and Swettenham. On route the runners get sight of the world-famous engineering marvel that is the Lovell Radio Telescope at Jodrell Bank. Part of the North Staffordshire Road Runners Association race programme, the race attracts a variety of runners from far and wide.
This half marathon has Congleton at its heart: all the race souvenirs are Beartown themed and the race committee are working on having a plethora of mascots present at the finish, including our very own Harry Congo - one of the 2011 Congleton Bearmania bears, Paramedic Pup from North West Air Ambulance, Todd The Tiger from Everybody Sport, Running Bear mascot along with The Town Council’s newly appointed, Mayor Bear. As a bonus Congleton Camera Club will be taking pictures of runners with their medals at the finish. Bryan Dale with his Race Day Photo’s is also expected to be present taking copious quantities of shots of the runners as they navigate round the course which can then all be seen and downloaded on-line for free afterwards.
There is sure to be a community atmosphere at the start and finish on Black Firs Lane so as many spectators as possible will be welcome to come and join in on race day to cheer the runners over the finish line and maybe create their own photographic memories of what will promise to be a bear-illiant event.
True to its motto, Organised by Runners For Runners, the event is organised by volunteers from Congleton Harriers running club and aims to promote the health benefits of running, deliver a memorable race, and to raise awareness and as much money as possible for local charities. Over its history, the race has raised thousands of pounds for charity. For example, last year over £3,000 was raised to support the amazing work of Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool. This year the hope is to raise even more for three local charities - Friends for Leisure, North West Air Ambulance Charity and Visyon, all of which provide vital services to the people of Congleton and Cheshire East.
Putting on any a race is a complicated affair especially as they involve negotiating road closures. It also involves quite a lot of cost so not only does the race rely on the support of an army of volunteers, but also on the generosity of local organisations and businesses in order to help cover those costs. This then maximises the amount that can be donated from the race entry fees to the chosen charities. This year there are four main cash sponsors GRAHAM (£3,290 covering the full cost of the t-shirts), Congleton Inclosure Trust (£919.20 covering the full cost of the road closures), Congleton Town Council (£650 covering the full cost of the school hire - Race HQ) and David Wilson Homes (£500 towards the cost of the medics on station to aid any runners needing medical assistance).
Most will know the event’s main sponsor, GRAHAM, is the firm contracted to build the new link road. As part of this work, a section of Chelford Road is closed and will be for some time which impacts the race route. From the moment the company met the Harriers during the residents meeting held in Black Firs Primary School on 29th January 2019, GRAHAM has worked closely with the club to make sure there is a runnable route for race day and have kept the race committee informed every step of the way. The link road plan is to dig out the land and insert a bridge at the same level as the current road with the link road running underneath. Because of the closure, GRAHAM has created a temporary road joining Blackfirs Lane to Chelford Road via Back Lane and this will remain in place on race day. Consequently, the course has been re-measured for this year and adjustments have been made to the race turnaround point out on Long Lane with the start and finish line positions being unaffected. For further details on GRAHAM, visit www.graham.co.uk
Congleton Inclosure Trust and Congleton Town Council have supported the race for the last three and four years respectively. Congleton Inclosure Trust is a charity focussed on funding community projects within the town area. The trust has a rich heritage as it was established way back in 1795! Over the last 10 years it has granted over £½m to local causes. Further info about the trust can be found at www.congletoninclosuretrust.org.uk. This year’s Congleton Town Mayor is Sally Ann Holland who will be starting the race and presenting the awards with the charities. Further info on the mayor and the council can be found at www.congleton-tc.gov.uk.
David Wilson Homes also has a “close connection” with the race having built the new Black Firs Park estate within the first mile to where the race starts and finishes.
Full details can be found on the race website: www.congletonhalfmarathon.co.uk or Facebook/Instagram/Twitter: @congletonhalf
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