A BUZZ is already to starting to grow around this year’s Chichester Half Marathon.
The race, revived in 2012 after a 25-year absence, is back by popular demand on Sunday, October 13.
Organised by Chichester-based charity Children on the Edge in partnership with Chichester District Council, it raises money for some of the most marginalised children across the globe.
Taking in the sites of both the city and the South Downs, it is thought to have one of the most beautiful routes on the running circuit.
The ‘Chi half’, as it is known, is sponsored by local businesses Montezuma’s Chocolates and Store Property. Last year, Montezuma’s founder Helen Pattinson, and Store Property director Sarah Wickens ran the race.
“We were thrilled with the fantastic response from runners and locals,” said Helen. “The day was incredible and the perfect backdrop to show off all that is best about Chichester and its surroundings.
“The first race ran incredibly smoothly with hundreds of people lining the course to shout encouragement but this year’s race will no doubt be bigger and even more exciting.”
Jenna Greenway, 18, is studying sports science at the University of Chichester and although she is actively involved in women’s hockey and cricket, this will be her ﬁrst half marathon.
“I coach children’s hockey, aiming to make sport fun” says Jenna. “Hopefully running this half marathon will inspire them and others my age to get more involved in sport”.
District council member for leisure, wellbeing and community services Eileen Lintill said: “The 2012 half marathon proved to be a real success, with runners of all levels of experience tackling the challenging course.
“The half marathon is a real community event and if you want to be involved but don’t want to enter the race, we would be delighted to have your support as a volunteer.
“It is a very rewarding way to play a big part in the success of the day – and you don’t need any previous experience as you will be fully briefed before the event.”
Children have already been getting involved by designing inspirational posters for runners along the route.
Anyone who would like to sign up can visit www.chihalf.co.uk or call the Children on the Edge office on 01243 538530.
Anyone over the age of 17 can enter.