There are less than 200 places left in the Shrewsbury Half Marathon and these are selling fast ahead of the race on Sunday 18 June. The bespoke, antique silver medal is one of several reasons to enter.
The medal features an iconic image of Shrewsbury, the 220ft hill known as Wyle Cop that awaits runners at around 6 miles. Wyle Cop is one of many features of this medieval border town along with Shrewsbury Library, the latter formerly a school attended by Charles Darwin.
Runners will pass these en route through the town centre before heading out for the second half of the race into the Shropshire countryside. They will start at 9am from the Shropshire County Showground after a warm-up led by 53 marathons star Amy Hughes who will join in the race. A 1.1-mile junior race will follow at 9.15am with 75 youngsters from two local schools taking part. The Showground is also the finish and the location for the Athletes Village with plenty of activities on offer for runners, their families and spectators.
New for 2017 is race pacing to help runners reach their targets with ASICS Frontrunner and local athlete Peter Butler at the helm. He is the 90 minutes pacer with the others available every 15 minutes up to 2 hours 45 minutes.
The Shrewsbury Half Marathon came under new management last year with UK RunChat Events taking charge. Their inaugural Oswestry Half Marathon was a sell-out and race director Joe Williams hopes for the same saying: “We have many runners from 2016 returning for this summer’s event which promises to be the biggest and best Shrewsbury Half yet.”