The Northampton Half Marathon will celebrate its third staging this Sunday (6 September) and looks likely to build on the 500 runners it attracted last year. The race, which is part of the Northampton County Championships, offers a mix of town centre running and country lanes, bringing together the heritage of Northampton's industrial past and the pretty surrounding countryside.
The race starts from Guildhall and includes a tour of the town centre before heading out of town for some picturesque countryside running.
Even with the course moving through country lanes, the race has witnessed a series of impressive competitive finishing times. Last year’s event saw Rugby and Northampton’s Jacob Allen take first palce in a time of 1:12:45, closely followed by David Green (1:13:05) and Martin Bateman (1:16:03). In the women’s competition, David Lloyd’s Rebecca Mayles secured a convincing victory in 1:22:01.
Established in 2012, the half marathon is organised by Go Beyond Sport, who are also behind the Northampton Town 5K Fun Run, the Round Ripon Ultra and the Thames Trot Ultra. The race is recognised as a key vehicle for fundraising and is operated on a not for profit basis.
More information is available here.