The Ealing Mini Mile, which takes place on Ealing Half Marathon race day Sunday 28September, has been launched with two age categories for this year's race.
Introduced in 2013, the Ealing Mini Mile is open to young runners aged 6-16 and covers a one mile route around Ealing¹s Lammas Park. The age categories are 6-11 and 12-16 years, and the young runners will start in waves with the 12-16 year olds heading off first. A total of 400 places are available, 200 places per age category.
The Ealing Mini Mile starts at 9.15 am, half an hour after the half marathon. The organisers are working closely with the local schools to raise awareness of the Ealing Mini Mile and to encourage young runners of all levels and all abilities to take part and to experience the inspirational atmosphere on race day.
Event Co-Ordinator Sandra Courtney commented: "We are pleased to announce the launch and opening of registration for the 2014 Ealing Mini Mile. As keen runners ourselves, we are passionate about promoting running as a sport that is accessible to everyone, no matter what their level, age or background. Running is a great way to stay active and it brings people together, and we want to give young people the opportunity to experience the atmosphere of a big race."
Last year saw many entries from junior members of the local athletics clubs as well as offspring of the Ealing Half Marathon runners who will be in the park to cheer on their Mum or Dad. The entry fee for the Ealing Mini Mile is £7.50 per child which includes a medal and a t-shirt for all finishers. There will be prizes for winners of the different age categories and every runner gets their finish time. The race numbers will need to be collected in Lammas Park on race day.
Charlotte Buckley from Thames Valley Harriers won the inaugural Ealing Mini Mile in 2013, storming to overall victory in a time of 00:05:43. Oscar Jones from Clifton Lodge School was the fastest boy in 00:06:29.
Entry is open now and limited to 400 places, go to the event website for further info.