Registration for this year’s Chichester Half Marathon opens this Friday (12th April) and after the success of last year’s event, we’re expecting a great response from both local runners and those further afield.
The 'Chi Half' is a challenging and beautiful ‘multi-terrain’ half marathon, revived and revamped last October after a 25 year absence. Organised by Children on the Edge, in conjunction with Chichester District Council, the 2012 event hosted 500 runners, raised vital funds for our work and is back by popular demand on Sunday 13th October 2013.
Ben Wilkes, our Head of UK says “In an era where people are increasingly disconnected, it’s been a privilege to be part of bringing the community together at this fantastic event. The race is great way for the people of Chichester to raise money for vulnerable children across the globe. We have high hopes for this year!”
The route includes a mixture of road, cross country and cycle path terrain; it starts at Chichester College and takes in the historic sites of Chichester. Runners then work their way up to the pinnacle of the South Downs to be rewarded with spectacular views from the Trundle, before winding their way back down Centurion Way.
Last year, runners of all abilities said that the views and multi terrain variety in the route made the race truly exhilarating. Runner Mark Ponsford said “This will become an iconic South Coast race, a must for any serious runner”.
We are confident that the ‘Chi half’ is set to become a firm fixture on the Sussex athletics calendar and expect to double the numbers of runners this year. Councillor Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Wellbeing and Community Services at Chichester District Council, says “The event is suitable for all ages and abilities, from the beginner to the more experienced runner, and this year we hope even more people will take up the challenge.”
The event will take place on Sunday 13 of October and registration is open as of Friday 12th April. You are advised to sign up early and discounts apply until 30th June 2013. ‘Early bird’ pries are £21 for EA affiliated club members and £24 for unattached and other runners.
Sign from this Friday at www.chichesterhalfmarathon.co.uk.