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Film showcases English Half Marathon as world class event


A special film celebrating the 10th anniversary of Warrington’s English Half Marathon has premiered in the town.

Navneet Jha, a resident of Warrington with a digital background of over two decades, was inspired to make the film showcasing the “truly world class event.”

Navneet is passionate about making a difference by producing inspiring Digital Stories. One of his films, Befriending Service, based on Warrington Borough Council’s service to reduce social isolation and provide companionship to those who may feel lonely, won an international award earlier this year.

The 10th English Half Marathon (EHM) film traces EHM’s journey over the last decade to become a global event and a true community asset.

Marathon running is becoming increasingly popular and receives much attention, including via Matchbook bonus code 2019 betting on sports websites.

The film captures how the dreams and ambitions of Rob Griffiths, the Race Director of EHM, to make EHM a truly world class event with a Town Hall finish at the iconic Golden Gates, were realised.

In the film, Gary Skentelbery, editor of Warrington Worldwide, narrates his experience of covering the event as well as shares his personal story on the positive impact of EHM on his life.

The film also includes ‘behind the scenes’ glimpses of organising the event showcasing the effort and spirit of the staff, volunteers and participants across the globe. The film highlights the power of vibrant community groups in Warrington and their role in making EHM a success benefitting charities, local businesses as well as creating memories and experiences to cherish for a lifetime.

The mood and spirit of the participants, full of energy and enthusiasm on the race days, has been captured across diverse groups from 6 years old to 70 years old! Overall the film delivers a message reinforcing the power of community platforms like EHM that bring out the ‘goodness and excellence’ in people.

The film was premiered at an EHM Film evening event at the Pyramid and was subsequently shared online. The film has since received a positive response inspiring many to take part in this year’s 11th EHM scheduled from 13th to 15th September.

Link view the full film: https://youtu.be/vbgCmiSHohs

Link to review / preview of the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRVKXCdohYY&t=8s


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  1. Well done everyone – hope this inspires people to run the parkrun today – I will be taking a day off today from Mayor’s Corner at the Victoria Park parkrun so I can’t cheer on Gary who has made such good progress since running regularly every Saturday and is looking quite trim in the video footage. Good to see as well that Rob has done so well since he presented his case at a council committee meeting that I was on. I did grill him a bit at the time but I was just asking questions based on my experience of organising a number of road races in the late 80’s and mid 1990s so I knew something of what he was up against – but he has taken it to another level.

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