Event of the Week: Wilmslow Running Festival countdown enters final furlong

By Alex Greensmith

25th Nov 2021 | Local News

The rebranded Wilmslow Running Festival is now only five weeks away - where you can walk, jog, or sprint for a local charity.

The pandemic sadly forced the postponement of 2020, but Wilmslow is now getting their running shoes on for next month's big event.

Wilmslow Nub News thought we'd profile what you can sign up for, as entries are still open.

The date of the races is Sunday September 12, with a new start time of 10.00 am.

The premier race is the iconic Waters Wilmslow Half Marathon. This ever-popular and prestigious race has regularly been voted one of the top road races in the UK by readers of Runner's World magazine.

It is the 37th year the 13.10-mile route has been held for Wilmslow.

Following the introduction in 2019, the festival again has a 10k race and 2.5k Running Bear Fun Run, where fancy dress costumes are welcome.

The latter of which is best recommended for Wilmslow families with kids.

And to bring the whole community together, the Half Marathon also has a team prize for all none running clubs. Previous winners include Wilmslow schools, gyms, offices and family groups.

It is the perfect day to have fun and get fit.

While most of the runners are local to the area, some of England's elite distance runners have also raced over the leafy lanes of Wilmslow and Mobberley when the event has regularly staged The England Half Marathon Championships.

We are delighted to welcome back our regular runners and equally excited to welcome everyone new to the race…The newer 10k distance being a great way to step up for the parkrun community.

Pacers for a variety of time bands will be running, proving the event will be something for everyone, to help us all shed lockdown pounds while having a great time.

The event organisers said: "We want to embrace the community and celebrate all things Wilmslow!

"Breaking with tradition, the event is now teaming up with TWO Charities. The Christie Charitable Fund.

"The Christie charity is committed to revolutionising the fight against cancer by funding world reaching research, treatment and care, education and additional support services."

It costs £10 to run for The Christie, and get a charity place with vest. You can register and purchase them here.

"Our other charity we would like you support is Supportability (formerly Stockport CP)," they added.

"Which makes life better for people with disabilities and enabling them to live as fulfilled and independent life as possible.

"Please join us for a beautiful and fast course on closed country lanes, an amazing atmosphere, a festival village, spot prizes, goody bags, free photos and much more."

You can also sign up for whichever charity you choose, by registering via the Wilmslow Running Festival website.

The Wilmslow Running Festival is itself a charity and working each year with their charity partners has raised well more than a million pounds.

You can keep up to speed with info about the race via their website, where Wilmslow kids and artists can also design mile markers for the race.

They also have a popular Facebook page.

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