Entries are now open for the 2016 Waters Wilmslow Half Marathon which will be run on Sunday 3rd April.
This ever popular race, which has regularly been voted one of the top road races in the UK by readers of "Runner's World" magazine, starts on Kings Road, close to Wilmslow Rugby Club, with the starter's pistol sounding at 10.30am.
While the majority of the runners are local to the area, the cream of England's elite distance runners have raced over the leafy lanes of Wilmslow and Mobberley. Past winners Andy Jones, Thomas Abyu and three times lady champion Michelle-Ross Cope have used the event as a spring board to European, World or Commonwealth games championships.
Last year's race was won by Ben Siwa of Uganda in a time of 64.57 and the ladies course record was smashed as Kenyan Prendis Lekapana who romped home in 71 minutes and 24 seconds.
While elite runners compete for championship honours and cash prizes, the total of which exceeds £10,000, the race itself raises in excess of £250,000 each year for charities as runners pound the streets for their own chosen charity, many with very personal reasons.
This year the chosen lead charity for the race is The Christie, one of Europe's leading cancer centres which treats over 44,000 patients a year. Based in Manchester they serve a population of 3.2 million across Greater Manchester and Cheshire, delivering care as close to the patients home as possible.
Runners who want to race and compete with the best need to enter fast, as all 5,200 places have usually been snapped up by early in the new year.
For 2016, entries can only be made online and by visiting the race website.
Visit The Christie's website for more information about running the Waters® Wilmslow Half Marathon for The Christie charity, or contact the events team on 0161 446 3400.