Confirmation of the date for the 2017 edition of the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon (Sunday 7 May) arrived with news that the event has a new venue. The Quibell Park athletics stadium will be used as race HQ and finish area, allowing runners the prospect of a final sprint around the track.
The change in venue has occurred because a suitable date couldn’t be arranged with Scunthorpe United FC, whose stadium was used as part of the course for the previous five years and doubts that the race might go ahead.
Celebrating what will be its sixth year, the North Lincs Half has established itself as a favourite in the northern calendar, attracting upwards of 1000 runners since its inception. This year saw Notts AC’s Tim Hartley claim victory in 1:09:32, with Charnwood’s Beth Potter top in the female competition (and 11th overall) in an impressive 1:14:42.
For 2017, competitors can look forward to a course that has been designed to be faster and flatter than before. A statement on the event website, from race organisers Nicola and Neil Pattison, read: “We are really excited about this change of venue and have great plans to build upon the last five years, which will include a fun run and a two person relay. Nothing is going to stop the North Lincs half from continuing! Entries will open on 1 January after Big Ben has done his bit!”
More information is available at the event website.