Half-marathon is runaway success

ORGANISERS of the Isle of Axholme Half Marathon are delighted with the take up so far for their event.

Runners from as far afield as London, Liverpool and Newcastle will be running alongside the many locals on Sunday on September 11.

Julian Moorhouse from organisers Metres to Miles said: “The first running of the event last year saw more than 300 finishers and so we would like to beat that this year.

“We just hope to have better weather this time around.”

The weather for the inaugural event saw torrential rain greeting the runners, but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of those competing and local supporters.

The race starts at 10am in the market place in Epworth and takes a short lap of the village along Rectory Street, Greengate and Hollingsworth Lane, before heading out and taking in the villages of Owston Ferry, Kelfield, alongside the River Trent to West Butterwick, Beltoft and then back into Epworth to finish.

The local ‘Lives’ First Responder charity have been nominated by the organisers and the event will raise money and awareness for this great cause on the Isle.

A spokesman said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the charity for this year’s event. Local fundraising is essential for us to provide our services.

“These are the kind of events which bring communities together.”

Run on mainly flat rural roads this event is the perfect chance for runners of all abilities to achieve a goal of completing a half marathon.