Runners from across the country – and further afield – will be taking to the streets of the city this weekend for the Exeter Marathon.
A total of 500 people have signed up for Exeter’s only marathon and 10k race – which takes place this Sunday.
Hundreds of spectators are expected to support the event, which starts from the home of Exeter City FC, St James Park, before heading down to the River Exe. The majority of the route is along the River Exe and the canal offering some beautiful viewing points for spectators to support friends and family along the way.
The event, which is in its 3rd year, has been organised by the leading health and wellbeing charity, CITY Community Trust.
Catherine White, Senior Development Manager for CITY Community Trust, said: ‘Every year this event gets bigger and better. Runners know to expect a well-organised event along a beautiful course. A large part of the route is run along the river & canal basin, being a flat course it's great for 1st timers or experienced runners looking to achieve a personal best.
‘We’re looking forward to welcoming people from all over the UK – and beyond!’ with runners travelling from America to compete.
The events provide sponsorship opportunities to City Community Charity Partners,Children’s Hospice South West, Age UK Exeter & Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education and forms part of a celebration day of running for all ages and abilities, with the Childrens Challenge final mile taking part along the Marathon route. The Challenge sees over 350 primary school children take part as part of an initiative to encourage children to be more active. They have been set the challenge of running a half-marathon over a period of weeks, with the final part to run in the Fun Run Marathon. Many will be running with Parents/Guardians/Run Leaders/Teachers who are encouraged to run with the children and supported by friends and family along the way.
For more details visit https://www.exetercitycommunitytrust.co.uk