Entries have opened for the 2018 Shrewsbury Half Marathon on Sunday 17 June. There are discounted ‘Early Bird’ fees this month (November), adding an extra incentive to sign up for this race.
Shrewsbury Half Marathon is one of three races organised by UK Run Events that has grown in popularity due to the historic location, picturesque course and impressive race village. Not forgetting the chance to tackle the steep Wyle Cop in the older part of this medieval town.
As a result, demand is expected to be high for the 5,000 places available to newcomers, experienced athletes and those fundraising for charity. In a welcome addition to the half marathon there will be a team of pacers from UKRunChat to help runners achieve a target time keeping their groups on track in a friendly, supportive manner.
This race is part of a festival of running that weekend with a Primary Schools Challenge on Saturday that is open to children aged 4 and upwards. Budding athletes will complete a 1.1 mile race held on the last section of the main course and receive a medal as a reward.
The event starts and finishes at the 53-acre Shropshire County Showground where there will be pre and post race massages, music, stalls and activities for youngsters and their families.
Race director Joe Williams advises prospective entrants to register sooner than later, saying: “We are offering reduced-price early bird entry and hope that many runners will use this opportunity to secure their place on the start line.”