New charity run to take over from Rugby’s Race for Life

Northampton Race for Life will be held on June 7 this year
Northampton Race for Life will be held on June 7 this year

Cancer Research supporters who were angry about the plug being pulled on Rugby’s Race for Life can take part in a new charity fun run that’s coming to town.

Always Aim High Events announced the Rugby Half Marathon and 5km event the same week organisers said Race for Life wouldn’t take place next year.

Online registration for the race and fun run, which takes place on Sunday, July 12 2015, is open now.

Tim Lloyd, event planner and Always Aim High Events director, said: “It’s a great shame that the Race for Life will not be taking place again because it was such a great thing, not just for Cancer Research but for the town of Rugby as well.

“That’s why we have been in touch with Cancer Research to discuss the race. Anybody who enters the Rugby Half Marathon or the 5km fun run can raise money for Cancer Research UK - or in fact any other charity or good cause - should they wish. On top of that when people enter the race we will donate a percentage of ticket sales from the fun run directly to Cancer Research and other local charities.”

He said the Rugby Half Marathon and fun run is going to be a fantastic race.

“Location is always the main consideration for us when setting up an event and Rugby couldn’t be a more fantastic choice,” added Tim.

The half marathon race will start in Caldecott Park, take runners out through Barby and Kilsby and back to Whitehall Rec.

Tim added: “We would also like to say a special thank you to Rugby Town Junior Football Club and Rugby County Council for all their support in helping organise this event.

“The junior football club is the main partner and will be organising loads of fun activities on the day.”

The race is expected to bring in well over 1,000 runners in its first year.

It will be the climax of the 2015 Rugby Festival of Culture.

Brian Crinigan, secretary of Rugby Town Junior Football Club, said: “Rugby Town Junior Football Club is delighted to announce that in partnership with Always Aim High Events we have organised a half marathon.

“The club has also added a 5k fun race to the day where monies raised will go to charity.”

After the event there will be a fun day at the rec with charity stalls, games and fun fair.

“It’s going to be a fantastic occasion,” added Brian.

“We were also concerned that the Race for Life would be lost forever, so in our discussions with Tim Lloyd, from Always Air High Events, we wanted to add this race so people can still raise money for charities. We are delighted that they have accommodated our request.”

Due to the interest in these events entries are already open.

All the details and the routes are at www.rugbyhalfmarathon.com or visit Facebook Rugby Half Marathon

For online registration and all other information about the Rugby Half Marathon visit http://rugbyhalfmarathon.com/