Coventry once again played host to the annual Half Marathon and Dol-y-Moch Mile today as over 4,000 people took to the city’s streets to take part in the event.
With 2,900 people tackling the 13.1 mile Half Marathon route alongside 1,200 local schoolchildren also playing their part in the Dol-y-Moch Mile, it was another great day for Coventry.
The event has become a popular event in the city’s event calendar and plays an important role in driving footfall and visitors to the city centre in particular.
The three official charity partners for the race, Zoë's Place Baby Hospice, The Myton Hospices and The Penny Appeal all played their own part in making the event a success and it is hoped the money raised throughout the event will contribute to their own fund-raising activities going forward.
Councillor Abdul Khan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Events at Coventry City Council, said:
“Once again Coventry has enjoyed another wonderful event and it’s a great sight to see thousands of people out enjoying the event. In particular, as happens every year, I’d like to say thank you to the local residents for their encouragement and support to runners today and for their understanding and patience. We are very aware that outdoor events such as the Coventry Half Marathon do mean temporary changes to a normal weekend, so I appreciate people for their understanding and support.
“Events such as the Coventry Half contribute to the ever-growing profile of our city, help bring communities together, bring extra footfall and economic benefits to businesses in the city centre and make a big difference to many great causes. There’s always too many people individually to acknowledge and thank who make events such as this happen, so Id’ like pass on my own congratulations to all those who have been involved.”
On the day, Tom Whitmore representing Charnwood Athletics Club came home first to win the Coventry Half Marathon this morning, with a time of one hour 12 minutes and 52 seconds, in good but breezy running conditions. Glen Winning representing Bracknell Forest Runners took second place in one hour, 13 minutes and 24 seconds, followed by Daniel Robinson from Birmingham Running, Athletics and Triathlon Club in one hour, 13 minutes and 32 seconds.
Fastest female performances were Nicola Sykes from Bournville Harriers in one hour, 21 minutes and 51 seconds, with Catherine Howard from Knowsley Harriers finishing second in one hour, 22 minutes and 16 seconds, and Sarah Rose from Kenilworth Runners taking third in one hour, 23 minutes and 7 seconds.
The Coventry Half Marathon and the Dol-y-Moch Mile were both started by the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Lindsley Harvard and Councillor Abdul Khan alongside famous Coventry Olympian Dave Moorcroft OBE.
The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr Lindsley Harvard said
“It’s lovely that the Lord Mayor gets the opportunity to officially start the half marathon and it’s always a great pleasure to be involved in such a wonderful day for Coventry.
“Days like this always show the best of people as they choose to take part on the day, whether that’s running, spectating, cheering or being one of the army of volunteers, marshals or local running clubs who all come together to deliver events such as this.
“Having well over a thousand Coventry schoolchildren taking part in their own one mile event is also inspiring and I hope many of them will continue to enjoy engaging in some form of sport or physical activity in the future which will contribute to leading a healthy life.”
The annual event had an added attraction this year for 1,200 local schoolchildren from over 35 schools playing their part in raising thousands of pounds for the city’s Outdoor Education Centre Dol-y-Moch’s 50th Anniversary Appeal.
Dave Moorcroft OBE, Coventry Olympian said:
"It was great to see thousands of people of all ages and abilities taking part in the event. To have 1200 local schoolchildren also doing their own fundraising by taking part in the Dol-y-Moch Mile was really pleasing too.
“I certainly enjoyed the day and pass on my own congratulations and appreciation to everyone who has joined together to deliver a successful event.”
The 2017 Coventry Half Marathon was organised by Coventry City Council and supported by the Coventry BID, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire and local businesses.
The Council also want to acknowledge the support of EnV (Coventry) who managed the volunteers, Coventry University, Coventry & Warwickshire running clubs and organisations who helped deliver the event.
For all the full results and photos of the event (from Monday), please go to www.coventryhalf.com.