The Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon heads to the city centre for 2019 with entries open Sunday morning.
Thousands of runners are excited to see the Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon return for 2019 with a new look city centre start line on Sunday 9th June.
Not-for-profit organisation Run For All organised the half marathon for the first time earlier this year and hope to build on the charity road run’s success with an exciting new city centre start and finish line located at Iron Gate.
From Iron Gate, the half marathon runners will then head onto Cathedral Road to take on a course that will feature popular highlights such as Derby Cathedral, Pride Park Stadium – home of Derby County FC – Alvaston Park and a scenic stint through Elvaston Castle Country Park.
The new look city centre start line is set to attract even more runners to already popular road race and, in turn, raise tens of thousands of pounds for local charities and good causes.
Runners will be welcome to run for fun, for a charity close to their own hearts or for one of the race’s partner charities - which so far include the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Annabel's Angels, Canaan Trust, Children First Derby and YMCA.
Entries for the 2019 Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon will open this Sunday at 9.00am and will be available at www.runforall.com for the discounted price of £25 (plus processing fee) until Monday midnight.
Run For All Events Team Manager and former GB cross-country runner, Richard Kay, said: “It’s great to be returning to Derby in 2019. Last year’s atmosphere was fantastic and we look forward to seeing similar scenes at next year’s event.
“We are extremely grateful to Derby County for hosting the event at Pride Park Stadium this year and we are now looking forward to a new chapter of the event’s history.”
“Everyone involved in the organisation of the 2019 Derby Half Marathon are determined to make it a huge success.”
Event’s company, Run For All, is part of the lasting legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE, who raised almost £2m for charity through a series of endurance challenges despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
Run For All CEO and husband of Jane, Mike Tomlinson, said: “It’s great to see Jane’s legacy continued by so many amazing runners - all with their own inspiring stories. We can’t wait to welcome runners of all ages and abilities to the start line on Sunday 9th June.
“We are really excited about moving the start line to Derby’s city centre. We think that this will provide a great opportunity to help Run For All immerse itself in the culture of the city.”
Run For All’s calendar of events is made up of the Asda Foundation Series which already features successful 10Ks in Nottingham, Leicester, Leeds, Lincoln, Sheffield, York, Hull, Burnley, Bury and King’s Lynn, plus, half marathons in Leeds, Sheffield and Hull, a Yorkshire 10 Mile and a Yorkshire Marathon in York.
Mandy Hepworth, Asda Foundation Coordinator, said: “The addition of the Derby Half Marathon to the Asda Foundation Series served to be a great success this year. It provided a great new challenge for runners and fundraisers alike.
“We can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store, especially with the new city centre start and finish line. We want to encourage all runners to pull on their trainers and help raise money at the event for a whole host of wonderful charitable causes.”
Once again, the Derby Half Marathon will be a family affair on Sunday 9th June with a Mini and Junior Run soon to be announced as an added highlight of the day.