A brand new running event will hit the streets of Warrington in September replacing the English Half Marathon which had to be cancelled last year.
The inaugural Warrington Running Festival will take place in the town on September 20th and includes four events in and around the town centre.
The brand new, large-scale event is being delivered by established organisation, RunThrough, who have strong links to Warrington, and a track record of delivering successful running events across the country, including in the North West.
Starting and finishing at the iconic Golden Gates, the festival will feature four running events in one day – with the opportunity to take part in a Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, or a kids’ race, in and around Warrington town centre.
Last year’s English Half Marathon had to be cancelled just days before it was due to take place leaving the organiser “devastated” after suffering heath problems.
Warrington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for leisure and community, Cllr Tony Higgins, said: “It’s great news that a major running event will be returning to Warrington this summer. The Warrington Running Festival will give people from our town and beyond an exciting opportunity to join thousands of others in getting active, achieving a great accomplishment and raising money for worthy causes.
“At the heart of the festival will be inclusion, with a number of events allowing people to run a distance that suits them. RunThrough have first-class credentials for running events, and I’m looking forward to them making this a real success for Warrington and a fantastic addition to our sporting and community calendar.”
Warrington-born co-founder of RunThrough, Ben Green, said: “The Warrington Running Festival is an exciting new event for Warrington. We have been delivering successful and highly regarded running events for seven years – including the London Half Marathon, Cheshire 10k, Run Tatton, Run Aintree, Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon and many more, with over 120,000 runners taking part in a RunThrough event in 2019 alone.
“We are delighted to be bringing this large-scale event to Warrington, giving people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to push themselves – in a road closed, flat and fast route – to their own, chip- timed, personal best. The countdown to 20th September begins now!”
The Warrington Running Festival route will be different to previous half marathons in Warrington – further details will be announced soon!
For more information on the event and to register to run, please visit warringtonrunningfestival.com