The third Larking Gowen Ipswich Half Marathon is taking place on Sunday 25th September and is part of the town’s countdown to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The date has been moved from the busy August Bank Holiday weekend to ensure that both runners and spectators are able to come out in force to support this very popular race.
Last year over 1,000 runners entered this race and the organisers are delighted that the event is continuing to grow in popularity year on year.
This race is sponsored by leading chartered accountants and business advisors, Larking Gowen, and is organised jointly by Ipswich Borough Council and Ipswich Jaffa Running Club.
The undulating 13.1 mile course runs through local communities, Ipswich town centre and Christchurch Park and there are numerous opportunities along the route for spectators to cheer the runners on. The race starts and finishes at Northgate Sports Centre and this year the two nominated local charities are St Elizabeth Hospice and Team Ipswich Sports foundation.
St Elizabeth Hospice is delighted to again be chosen as one of the charities for the race and is hoping that they will again have great support from the runners. Sponsorship raised from the race will help St Elizabeth to continue providing services free of charge for people living with a progressive illness as well as providing support for their families
The other charity nominated for 2011 is The Team Ipswich Sports Foundation. They assist aspiring and talented athletes in Ipswich who need a helping hand to reach their potential. Often those youngsters aspiring to become future Olympic and Paralympic stars miss out on grants or have to drop out of competing because of the costs involved. All monies raised for this charity will go towards helping them achieve their goals.
For those not keen on the 13.1 mile challenge, there is a 4k Family Fun Run starting at 9.15am, open to all ages.
• For more information on each race and to enter online visit: www.ipswichhalfmarathon.co.uk