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Wilmslow Goes Fast!
Following the success of the rebranded Wilmslow Running Festival in 2019 and a COVID enforced cancellation in 2020, the 2021 event is now open for entries.
On 12 September the pretty Cheshire town of Wilmslow should be known as Wilmsfast for the day as runners from across the region (and beyond) toe the line at one of three events in the town's hotly anticipated running festival.
Following the success of the rebranded Wilmslow Running Festival in 2019 and a COVID enforced cancellation in 2020, the 2021 event is now open for entries. A festival of all things great about running, there is a choice of three distances including the iconic Wilmslow Half Marathon which with over 35 years of heritage is one of the oldest community events in the north of England.
If a half marathon is a step too far, the 10K and 2.5K fun run must also be considered as they benefit from routes that take in the fabulous Cheshire countryside. By signing up you will join hundreds of other runners for a beautiful and fast course on closed country lanes, an amazing atmosphere, a festival village, spot prizes, goody bags, free photos and much more.
The iconic Waters Wilmslow Half Marathon and the Brooks 10K both offer the opportunity to run on a course that is renowned for producing fast times. Many people record their personal bests here. Winding along country lanes that are closed to traffic and out towards Mobberley before winding back to Wilmslow, the half marathon and 10k start together and both use the same finish line. It is worth noting that the half marathon has regularly been voted one of the top road races in the UK! No mean feat in a country that boasts some pretty iconic half marathon events!
For those looking for a somewhat gentler return to the running calendar there is also the 2.5K fun run which is sponsored by local running retailer, Running Bear. All Fun Run participants will receive a medal, a chocolate bar and a juice drink. And, as if that's not enough, the first three runners over the line will win a Running Bear teddy and a further 10 will be given away as spot prizes.
The Wilmslow Running Festival is a charity and works each year with charity partners, having now raised well in excess of a million pounds by doing so. Breaking with tradition the event is, this year, teaming up with two charities - the Christie Charitable Fund which is committed to revolutionising the fight against cancer by funding world reaching research, treatment and care, education and additional support services and Supportability (formerly Stockport CP) which works to make life better for people with disabilities and enable them to live as fulfilled and independent lives as possible.
If you would like to know more about the Wilmslow Running Festival you can visit the event website