Registration is now open for the 2017 Coventry Half Marathon on Sunday 19 March - welcome news for Midlands runners as there was uncertainty about the future of this popular race.
Coventry was looking to build upon the success of the 2016 race but this was thrown into doubt after the organisers decided not to renew their contract. A reprieve in the form of an additional £50,000 contingency budget from Coventry City Council means the 2017 half marathon will go ahead. This year’s event has two official charity partners on board – The Myton Hospices and Zoe's Place Baby Hospice. Both of these charities have benefited from the fundraising efforts in previous years and hope to do so again this year.
Coventry City Council will help now deliver this half marathon and hope to build on the more than 4,000 runners who took part in the 2016 race which raised over £80,000 for charity.
The race is held on a traffic-free course in Coventry that combines town and country. Runners start from Millennium Place in the city centre, before heading out into the countryside. There are a few hills before a downhill section towards the city. This is followed by a sprint along Radford Road to the finish on Hales Street.
More information about the half marathon will appear on the website over the coming weeks.
Photo courtesy of Coventry Half Marathon.