Surrey Half Marathon’s official launch party took place at Woking Leisure Centre on Wednesday, 14 September in the presence of the Deputy Mayor of Woking, media representatives, race organisers, supporting charities and some very lucky runners. Early bird entrants received VIP invites to the launch, personal advice from Synergy Running and Movement Centre and a supervised warm up and run.
Surrey Half Marathon has been the county’s largest for the past four years and raised £400,000 for charity in 2016. Macmillan Cancer Support returns as national charity partner for 2017, alongside Harrison’s Fund as local charity partner. Surrey Half Marathon is proud to support a range of charities including Alzheimer’s Research UK, KSS Air Ambulance and Woking and Sam Beare Hospices.
Woking Leisure Centre is the Race HQ for the event on Sunday, 12 March, with a brand new 5k run added to the programme for 2017. The race route is flat and fast through Surrey’s tranquil scenery and boasts a course record of 62 minutes with 3,355 finishers last year. More than 500 children took part in the Kids’ Race in 2016 so organisers are hoping to exceed 5,000 entrants in all events next year.
Race director Toby Jenkins said: “The 5k is a very achievable distance for beginners who want to enjoy the Surrey Half experience, but who are not ready to complete 13.1 miles. Surrey Half Marathon 2017 will be a bigger and better event for runners, spectators, volunteers, local businesses and spectators alike. Do join us.”
Runners will appreciate the big race atmosphere, superb scenery and live music on the course, full road closures, access to the event village with discounts, free bag storage, finish line food and water, free mobile app, professional chip timing and a stunning medal.