More than 800 runners sign up for first ever Rugby Half Marathon

Organisers hope 1,000 people will sign up for the race
Organisers hope 1,000 people will sign up for the race

More than 800 determined runners have signed up to complete the eagerly-anticipated Rugby Half Marathon.

The event, organised by Always Aim High Events and supported by Rugby Town Junior Football Club and the borough council, will take place on Sunday 12 July.

Runners will set off from Caldecott Park and make their way through Kilsby and Barby, finishing infront of a crowd at Whitehall Rec.

There will be a 5km race and 1km children’s race alongside the half marathon.

A family fun day with free entry will be held at Whitehall Rec from 10am to 5pm and everyone is welcome to attend and congratulate runners at the finish line.

Beat the goalie, crossbar challenge, hot food, refreshments, stalls and a fun fair will be on offer at the event, which will raise funds to support Rugby Town Junior Football Club’s expansion and new 3G astro-turf pitch.

Companies and organisations can also battle it out in the It’s a Knock Out competition. Teams of up to 10 people can enter, with a cost of £300 per team. The winners will receive £1,000 prize money.

Georgina Hughes, one of the fun day organisers, said: “We are really looking forward to the event and we hope the community of Rugby will come and support us.”

The new half marathon event was announced in the same week Rugby’s Race for Life was cancelled in December last year.

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey is taking part in the 5km event.

He said: “I am delighted to help raise funds that will go to a number of local charities and good causes that carry out invaluable work within our local communities here in Rugby.

“I am also very pleased to see that Rugby Town Junior Football Club have been involved with organising the event which will help to support the club to gain a new 3G astro-turf.”