Entries are now open for the 30th Wilmslow Half Marathon which will take place on Sunday 24th March 2014 at Wilmslow Rugby Club, starting at 10.30am.
At this stage, the organising committee have not yet been informed if the race will also include the added prestige of incorporating the England Half Marathon Championships, which would guarantee the appearances of the cream of England's elite distance runner's, but runners are strongly advised to enter as soon as possible because the race is always fully booked well in advance.
In recent years, 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.
Other local athletes, Gareth Raven from Sale and Dave Norman from Altrincham, who both boast international appearances, regularly feature at the front of the field and last year the race had a local winner - Joe McDonald, who now lives in London but his parents remain in Alderley Edge.
While elite runners compete for championship honours and cash prizes (prize money totals £11,000) 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 Stockport Cerebral Palsy Society, which support disabled children and adults in the local community - enabling them to lead a more independent life.
If you would to raise funds for Stockport Cerebral Palsy Society please contact Adrian Rigby-Bates, the Society Fundraiser on 0161 429 1522 or email [email protected].
Traditionally all 5,200 places have been snapped up by Christmas so visit the race website to secure your place.
Entries for 2014 can only be made online.