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Exeter-Half Marathon sees record entry of 800 runners over two-day event

Posted on February 13th 2019 by

 

Hundreds of runners took to paths along the River Exe as part of a two-day running festival this weekend.

CITY Community Trust staged two half marathons, on Saturday and Sunday, receiving a record entry of 800 runners.

The races, sponsored by Tozers Solicitors, and Exeter Live Better, began at the Quay and followed a two-lap route along the River Exe and through Riverside Valley Park. Organisers at CITY Community Trust, Exeter City Football Club’s partner charity, said they were delighted with the event, which sold out weeks in advance. 

Catherine White, senior development manager at CITY Community Trust, said: ‘It was fantastic to welcome so many people to our events this weekend. The course is perfect for runners who are taking part in their first half marathon, and also those more seasoned runners who are looking for a fast time.

‘We stage the event over two days, with those expected to achieve faster times taking part on Saturday, to ensure that runners of all abilities can take part. I’d like to say a big thank you to our sponsors and supporters, and our team of staff and volunteers for making it such a successful event.’

City Community Trust would also like to thank Ola Cabs, who helped provide hand warmers to marshals, Snap Fitness, who helped to get the runners warm and ready to run, and Rapid Relief, who were on hand to supply water to the runners at the event.

 

The events provide opportunities for participants to raise funds for worthy local causes close to their hearts. Runners had been encouraged to support charity partners, Children's Hospice South West, Age UK Exeter, Julian House and Force Cancer Care or CITY Community Trust.

Feeling inspired – Looking for a new challenge? CITY Community Trust hosts a variety of running events throughout the year, from fun runs to the full marathon distance.

There are still places left on the Exeter Live Better Marathon, sponsored by Tozers, which is also organised by CITY Community Trust. The event sets off on May 19 from the home of Exeter City Football Club, St James Park, with runners heading down through town to the Quayside. To sign up visit www.exetercitycommunitytrust.co.uk/running-events

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