All for one and one for all is the mantra for the Wolverhampton & Wombourne Half Marathon on Saturday 31 March 2018. Teams of two or three runners will embark on an adventure at a different kind of race.
The teams will retrace the footsteps of King Charles II who used this route to escape the forces of Cromwell after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester. They won’t face the same hazards as he did or have to complete the full 615 mile Monarch’s Way that starts at Worcester, continues to Bristol and ends at Shoreham on the south coast. Instead, they will self-navigate along a section of the Way and enjoy the experience of doing so.
The first, second and third placed teams will be crowned at Aldersley Leisure Village and in addition, there is a 'Best Name’ trophy for the team with the most amusing or unusual moniker, which will be announced before the start of the race. All runners will be presented with a bespoke commemorative medal.
The half marathon is organised by Mash Running and the latest addition to their increasingly popular series of races. They suggested the idea at one of their other events where it was greeted with enthusiasm by runners keen to try something new. Joint race director Mark Mundy confirms this view saying: “It seems people are looking for something just a bit different and this certainly ticks all the boxes. “
Teams don’t need to be experts with a compass: they can use downloadable maps or a GPX version on their running watches. The emphasis is on exploring the countryside while having fun with friends.