Organisers of the 38th ASICS Fleet 'Pre-London' Half Marathon on Sunday 17 March 2019 will be hoping for better luck with the weather than earlier this year, when heavy snow forced the postponement of the race for six weeks.
This was the first time in the event's illustrious history that it was unable to fulfil its pre-London promise, a title that was personally approved by the founder of London Marathon, Chris Brasher and has been retained since the first race in 1982. Fleet Half Marathon is a founder member of the British Association of Road Races.
The race is organised entirely by Fleet & Crookham AC members and around 300 volunteers will help you in some way on race day. Changes for 2019 include free race photography for all competitors; inclusion in the 2018/19 Hampshire Road Race League and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance as the nominated race charity.
Entries close on 17 February and cost £25; it is £8 to enter the Junior Fun Run. However, this race sells all 3,500 places every year and is often full by the end of December, so act fast if you want to be part of this historic event.
The winners in April were Robert Wood (RAF, 1:09:36) and Fleet and Crookham athlete Helen Cozens (1:21:53). Just under 180 runners beat 90 minutes but the enforced postponement reduced the field to around 2,000 finishers.
Every participant will enjoy a traffic-free course, pace makers, chip timing, professional medical support and the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic marshals around.
After the 'Beast from the East' snow storm disrupted this year's event there were many grateful comments posted on social media. Here is just one testimonial from Facebook: “Fantastic race! I've done many half marathons and this was one of the best organised I've ever done. Surprisingly beautiful course and a really lovely medal. Thank you to the race organisers and the wonderful volunteers. I was suffering too hard to thank them all as I ran past but I appreciated their kindness so much."
Image courtesy Fleet Pre-London Half Marathon