A fantastic programme of running events – from fun runs to marathons - has been launched by Exeter’s leading health and wellbeing charity, CITY Community Trust.
The events will take place between autumn 2019 and summer 2020 - and there’s something for everyone, from professional runners, to those putting on their trainers for the first time.
The season will kick off in style with the Halloween Runs in Exeter on Thursday, 24 October at Barton Fields, Exeter. This fun fancy dress event promises something for everybody, kicking off with an 800m run for those aged eight and under at 5pm, and a three mile run at 5.30pm for those over eight years old. This will be followed by the festive Santa Run which will mark the start of the Christmas season on Sunday, 1 December, with a 5k at 9am followed by a 2.5k family run at 9.40am. Always a popular event, organisers expect 700 people to sign up, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Peter Ferlie from CITY Community Trust said: ‘We know that more people than ever want to get fitter and healthier and running is a great place to start. Our calendar begins with two really fun events, aimed at all levels and ages of runner as a fun way to get fit.
February will see the first of the more serious events, with the Exeter Half Marathon weekend. CITY Community Trust is offering two dates, according to a participant’s target time. The events will take place on Saturday, 8 February and Sunday, 9 February, with the former date aimed at those hoping to do the half marathon in less than two hours, and the latter for those likely to complete the run within three hours.
On March 22, 2020 the charity will put on a 10 and 20 mile Granite Way run, taking participants along the well-trodden Dartmoor path of the same name. These two events usually sell out and are popular as training runs for people working towards a spring marathon, including the charity’s iconic Marathon on Sunday 17 May.
The Exeter Live Better Running Festival features a distinctive marathon distance which takes participants along the footpaths and cycle tracks of the River Exe and Exeter Canal and through Riverside Valley Park. As well as being a particularly beautiful route that showcases some of Exeter’s prettiest surroundings, it’s also flat, and perfect for anybody wanting to achieve a personal best time.
The festival also features the culmination of the Children’s Challenge which sees hundreds of youngsters from local schools running a half marathon over a number of weeks, with the final leg completed on the day of the marathon.
Pete added: ‘This flat route is always very popular with those who want to achieve their fastest time, or perhaps those who have never taken part in a marathon before. It’s small in size and therefore not too overwhelming for those who might be new to running.’
The events are kindly being sponsored by Tozers Solicitors LLP supported by Exeter Live Better with Ola Cabs as event partner for the Santa Run. CITY Community Trust also partners with other charities who benefit from the events, this year they are Julian House, Force Cancer Charity, Age UK Exeter, Exeter Leukaemia Fund and Children’s Hospice South West.