With just over a month to go before race day the countdown to Winchester Half Marathon is gathering pace. Sunday 23 September will see up to 2,000 modern day knights battle for honours around Winchester Cathedral to finish in the shadow of the King Alfred the Great statue.
Winchester Half Marathon has been described as one of the south of England's most beautiful runs. It certainly is one of the most historic, with a spectacular start outside the Guildhall. The scenic route passes through the heart of Hampshire countryside. There is a steady climb of around 100m in the first 5kms towards Standon but the final 7kms are either downhill or flat to the finish in the medieval city centre.
Last year's winners were unaffiliated athletes Richard Johnstone (1:16:58) and Jane Wilkin (1:26:58) as 600 noble men and women finished inside two hours, aided by impeccable pace making from the Winchester Target Timers.
The Children's Fun Run is a popular addition after the main event. The 880m course includes Winchester Cathedral grounds not usually accessible to the public, so this is an exciting part of the multi-terrain route. The same start/finish gantry as the main race is used for the fun run, allowing the youngsters to experience big race thrills of competition.
Just like the main event, the Children's Fun Run is chip-timed and all finishers receive a medal and goody bag. The race starts at 2pm and all ages can take part – those under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult. The entry fee is £5 per participant.
Winchester Half Marathon is an event for everyone from keen athletes, first time runners, charities, corporate teams and volunteers. You can also make it a family day out with the Children's Fun Run. Places are being snapped up fast so do not delay to secure your place.