After the success of last year’s event, anticipation for this weekend’s (21 June) Nuffield Health Shrewsbury Half Marathon is building with more than 2,000 runners expected to take part. The race, set to celebrate its third year, starts and finishes at the Showground, with a course that makes the most of Shropshire's countryside and the town’s iconic sights.
Last year’s race saw Telford AC’s Paul Ward secure a comprehensive victory in 1:12:57, almost five minutes ahead of second placed Peter Middleton (1:17:44) with Tony Power in third (1:19:09). In the women’s competition, Ward’s club-mate Michelle Clarke secured first in 1:26:42, with Shropshire Shufflers’ Nicola Davies her closest competitor in 1:32:43.
The completely closed, one-lap route incorporates Shrewsbury town centre, St Chads Church, Shrewsbury Cathedral and the Quarry,This year will also see the introduction of a free fun run, which will start straight after the half marathon and is approx. 1 mile in duration and stays within the boundaries of the showground.
Since being established, the race has raised a substantial amount of money for charity. This year’s charity partners include, Severn Hospice Care, Hope House Children’s Hospice, Lingden Davies, Shrewsbury Food Bank and Guide Dogs Charity.