The multi-award winning Ealing Half Marathon is the headline event in the South this weekend, with more than 7,000 competitors due off in Lammas Park at 9am on Sunday (25 September). General places are sold out and entries are closed for this popular race, voted the UK’s best half marathon for the last three years by runners at the JustGiving Running Awards.
The autumn equinox fell on Thursday (22 September) so a feature of the fully closed road course around the leafy streets and parks of the West London borough will be the spectacular trees that line much of the 13.1 mile route.
The race, now in its fifth iteration, is set to burst through the £1 million charity fundraising target this year as runners travel from all over the UK and abroad to experience that #EalingFeeling and Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK and CLIC Sargent are the official charity partners.
The race will be started by local character, James Linney, who was so inspired by London 2012 that he set himself the challenge of trying every Olympic sport by the time the Rio Games began this year. After training with Ealing Eagles, James now favours running above all the sports he has tried and once he has started Ealing Half he will be joining in as one of the race pacers.
Thames Hare & Hounds’ Alice Braham is a strong contender in the women’s race, having finished second in 2015 in 1:19:06. She will again be challenging last year’s winner Teresiah Omosa (Run-Fast) from Kenya. In the men’s race, Josphat Kemei (Run-Fast) and Jonathan Poole (Serpentine) will be among those hoping to beat Christopher Cheruiyot’s 2015 winning time of 1:05:41.