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Runners from all over the north entering Haweswater Half Marathon

Runners setting off just after the start of last year’s race.
Runners setting off just after the start of last year’s race.

[E]ntries are piling in for this year’s Haweswater Half Marathon scheduled for Sunday the 5th of March at 11.30am with runners signing up from all over the north of England. Already over 300 places have been snatched up and Eden Runners are anticipating that places this year’s race may well sell out.

The race which starts and finishes in the village of Bampton is now in it’s 17th year. The race is run with the stunning backdrop of Haweswater and the surrounding hills.

Club Chair Andy Sharples said “ We have been really pleased over the years with the reputation we have built up with runners from all over the north of England coming along in increasing numbers, it is always a great feeling on the day to see everyone arriving.”

This year one of the running clubs who have been coming along for many years is Blackburn Road runner.

The Blackburn Road Runners Race Director John Clucas said: “We have supported and run the Haweswater Half Marathon for a number of years. We continue to come back in numbers as we have found this to be an exceptionally well organised race, with jaw dropping scenery as a backdrop.

“The course has the advantage of being a there and back course so we are able to see every runner in the race at some point and with Blackburn Road Runners being an inclusive club with people of all ages and abilities this gives us a unique chance to verbally encourage each other on the actual run”, added John.

The club has in previous years attracted 500 runners and many spectators and supporters come along to cheer people. The number of runners who head over on a Friday or Saturday and stay in local hotels and bed and breakfasts has also become popular proving a welcome boost to tourism in the area.

Andy Sharples Chair of Eden Runner said: “As a Penrith and Eden based running club we like to make people feel welcomed and supported when they have travelled so far, it is wonderful to hear about how they have made trips to local hotels or stopped in a local pub or shops before heading home.”

John Clucas from Blackburn Road Runners said: “We love the hot brew that is given out at the end of the race and we have a well-earned club debrief in a local pub afterwards.”

The race can be entered online and costs £16.50 for club affiliated runners and just £18.60 for non-club runners.

This year race can be entered on line by going to the Eden Runners Club Website and following the link https://bookitzone.com/julia_king/NH2FFX
or http://www.edenrunners.co.uk/haweswater.html

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