5 Jan

Half Marathon Organisers Setting A Tough Examination At Loughborough

The start line at Loughborough Half Marathon

Organisers of Loughborough Half Marathon are hoping that their testing 13.1mile course will attract a four figure field for the 2018 staging of the event on Sunday 8 April. They are challenging half marathon regulars and ambitious 10k graduates to take on the course they altered in 2017 which takes in some of Leicestershire’s most beautiful countryside and incorporates a number of inclines.

The 2017 race saw winner Michael Coltherd fly round the course in 1:10:23 but the Barrow Runner is a GB international and a top endurance runner. Michael finished a very comfortable six and a half minutes ahead of second placed Daniel Connolly. A better indicator of the course was mid-point runner Alastair McGeoch's (North Derbyshire RC) 2:00:25 time.

For those who find the prospect of 13 tough miles too daunting, there is a team relay option which allows runners to enjoy this popular East Midlands event in a more relaxed fashion. All finishers will receive a banana, goody bag and newly designed bespoke medal for 2018.

The event, organised by local charity Living Without Abuse, saw over 700 runners take part in 2017 with all proceeds going to support children and adults who have or who are suffering from domestic abuse. In Britain police receive a complaint about domestic violence every 60 seconds.

Full event details at the event website or email gina@lwa.org.uk for more information or for a team entry sheet.