2015 Stafford Half Marathon to be a record breaker

A record 3,000 runners could be lining up for the Stafford Half Marathon next year. Organisers have increased the capacity of the event and an extra 400 spaces are now available when entries open this Thursday (6 November). The event takes place on Sunday 22 March 2015 with a start time of 10am and each participant will receive a medal along with a running t-shirt. Around 2,600 competitors set off in the 2014 event but a new route has allowed the borough council to increase next year?s capacity and they are urging people to register early to avoid missing out. Crowds including local community groups and school children line the 13.1 mile route to cheer on the runners. People can enter online at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/halfmarathon, in person at the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre in Eastgate Street, or by calling 01785 619080. Councillor Mike Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure, a former half marathon competitor, said: ?This event has got more and more popular over the years and is now rightly seen as one of the top races in the county's sporting calendar. It is a useful race in the build up for anyone competing in the London Marathon a month later. ?It is a tribute to the organisation and quality of this race that after all these years it is proving more attractive to athletes and competitors than it ever has. In fact we expect this to be our largest ever field. ?I would urge all those who want to take part in the 2015 race to get their entries in as soon as possible because places fill up quickly once registration opens.? Entry for the 31st running of the event will be closed when the capacity of 3,000 is reached. The borough council are designing a new route for next year?s race due to a number of road works taking place on the normal course. A map of the route will be available once the proposed new route has been finalised. As part of the Stafford Half Marathon event programme the Fun Run will also take place in the town centre on the same day. More details about how to enter the fun run will be made available soon. For more information or to register visit www.staffordbc.gov.uk/halfmarathon.
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