The Race Organiser describes Frome Half Marathon as: “The best little half marathon in the UK,” so we thought we would take a look at what makes this six-year-old race tick the right boxes for us distance runners. The 2017 annual race starts and finishes at Frome Town Football Club on Sunday 16 July and entries are open until 9 July with none on the day.
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The first notable point is this Run Britain licensed event in the Mendip Hills area is run on fully closed roads around Frome town and surrounding villages starting at 10am. Electronic race timing will ensure an accurate record of your PB, or otherwise!
The prize structure is traditional but includes King and Queen of the Mountain awards. All half marathon runners will be timed on the climb of more than 200 feet in around half a mile at Egford Hill. This has proved such a popular competition since it was introduced in 2015 that there will be male and female age group awards as well as individual ones.
Frome Half Marathon is sponsored by Sound Foundation Community Care charity and with a supporting 10k, 5k and 1k junior race there will be another capacity 1,000 field this year. Last year's half marathon winners were Team Bath athletes Daniel Jones (1:15:12) and Georgia Wood (1:29:11). Local professional boxer Ryan Wheeler started the race before finishing seventh in 1:28:20.
So if you are looking for a half marathon on a tough, hilly course with smiling marshals, live bands, great community spirit and public support (last year residents sprayed hoses and proffered jelly babies and ice poles) then look no further than Frome Half Marathon next month.