A DATE has been set for next year’s Coventry Half Marathon.
It will take place on April 5 as part of the city’s week-long Festival of Running celebrations.
More than 4,000 runners took to the streets in this year’s event, along with 2,000 schoolchildren in the Children’s Mile.
Hundreds more joined in the 5K run, the Toddler Dash and the 2.5k wheelchair race.
Organised by Coventry University Students’ Union (CUSU), in partnership with Coventry City Council, the Festival of Running and Half Marathon, won Community Engagement Award at the Coventry University 2019 Excellence Awards last week.
Runners raised a whopping £100,000 for the event’s four partner charities: Zoe’s Place, Myton Hospice, University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire and Penny Appeal – with 200 runners raising £40,000 for Zoe’s Place alone.
Collectively, runners ran for more than 50 charities.
Director of communications at CUSU Dan Connolly said: “The Festival of Running in March brought together thousands of runners of all ages and abilities to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for local charities.
“We’re delighted to be working with the Council again to bring the event back in 2020 and we hope to bring together even more runners to raise even more for charity.
“The Half Marathon is a great opportunity for anyone looking for a challenge, or that motivation to get fit. This year, a fifth of our runners were running their first ever Half Marathon, and I hope we see many more new runners joining us in 2020.”
Entries will open later in the year, and runners can sign up to be notified at enjoycoventry.com/run2020.