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Five hundred expected for Uttoxeter half marathon

05/05/13 Half marathon - Uttoxeter Racecourse, Uttoxeter
Uttoxeter Half Marathon and Fun Run

05/05/13 Half marathon - Uttoxeter Racecourse, Uttoxeter Uttoxeter Half Marathon and Fun Run

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RUNNING enthusiasts are to take to the roads around Uttoxeter for the big race of the year.

The Uttoxeter Half Marathon will see hundreds pull on the running shoes for the 13.1 mile challenge which takes a ‘hilly but picturesque’ route through the countryside surrounding Uttoxeter.

The route is challenging in places and involves some uphill seven miles in.

Geoff Astley, organiser of the Half Marathon and member of Uttoxeter Road Runners, said: “We are expecting about 500 people to run the Half Marathon and more than 100 to run the Fun Run or Junior Race. “Entries are available on the day.

“The fun run starts at 9.45am and the main race starts at 10.30am.

“The fun run and junior race is just within the racecourse and the main race starts on Wood Lane just outside the racecourse and finishes inside the racecourse.

“We class it as an undulating course which is the equivalent to challenging.

“It has a good climb.”

Jon Wheale, who is running to raise awareness for the Art and Soul Friendship Group, said: “I’m just hoping to get round the course to be honest, I’m not going to be any more ambitious than that.

“I’m hoping to finish in daylight, at least before the prize ceremony happens for the winners. I’m not going to win this one, that’s for sure.

“I’ve chosen to support Art and Soul Friendship Group with my run, as mental health is very important and mental health conditions touch everyone in some way, whether they suffer themselves or know someone close to them who do.”

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