It seems likely that the field for this year’s Decathlon Coventry Half Marathon will be the highest on record with organisers announcing that almost 900 pupils have signed up for the accompanying Schools’ Challenge. The event, scheduled for Sunday 1 March, has already received over 4,000 entries for the 13.1 mile race.
Part of the added interest may be due to the positive feedback organisers received after revising the course in 2014. The race will start and finish in the prime position alongside Coventry Transport Museum, next to the Race Village, situated in Millennium Place.
In total, 900 pupils aged four to 11 years old are taking part in the Schools’ Challenge to raise funds for Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, with the highest number of runners coming from St Christopher’s Primary School.
Primary schools from across Coventry were invited to take part in this year’s Schools’ Challenge. Accompanied by their teachers, the children will complete a half marathon distance by running a mile a week over 12 weeks. The challenge will be completed on race day – Sunday 1st March, by running the final mile on the stage of the half marathon.
Jamie Warren, Head of Marketing and Commercial at GO2, said: “We are thrilled to see over three times the number of pupils enter the 2015 challenge compared to last year. The programme was new for 2014, and designed to encourage young runners to take on an active challenge, and join in with the excitement of race day.
“As the race continues to grow in popularity, the Schools’ Challenge aims to build a lasting legacy for the race, supporting Coventry’s 10-year sports strategy that places events like Decathlon Coventry’s Half Marathon at the heart of the city’s sporting events calendar.”
For those still interested in competing, there are still a number of charity places available.