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Runners at the Wrexham Half Marathon

Speedy influx of entries for fast Wrexham Elite Marathon & Half

Athletes targeting Olympic qualification and PBs at this new event

The Wrexham Elite Marathon & Half Marathon makes its debut on 25 April 2021. Organised by Run Cheshire & Gogledd Cymru, this Covid-secure road race promises a fast day’s racing on a flat course that will help those athletes looking to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Interest in the new event has been high and entries are being snapped up.

Covid-19 decimated the race calendar this year, putting a stop to major events such as London Marathon. In response to this, Run Cheshire have created a race to cater for athletes who had been training for big city marathons and the like until the pandemic struck. 

This multi-lap event will be held on a small loop of the course used for the popular Village Bakery Wrexham Half Marathon and athletes start in waves in both races based upon their predicted finish times. Organisers have not completely ruled out a return to a normal race start if there was a big improvement in the ongoing situation with Covid-19.

The marathon is open to male athletes who have run 2:40 or less and sub-3:00 hour for female athletes. For the half marathon, men need to have run 1:15 and women 1:30. 

Female Olympians Breege Connolly, Lizzie Lee and Maria McCambridge are part of a strong Irish group ready to put the pedal down on a flat, closed road route. There will be a team of official pacemakers and nutrition en route. The race will use state of the art chip timing.        

This event will take place only after final approval from UK Athletics, Welsh Athletics and the local authority.

Full details at the event website.

Image courtesy of Run Cheshire & Gogledd Cymru

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