Two inaugural races have both been given the seal of approval from the sport’s governing body after being granted licences.
UK Athletics (UKA) issued full licences to HaverHalf and Haver10, which will be held on May 11 setting from Haverhill Recreation Ground. As a part of gaining the licences both courses have been measured by an independent body and issued with course measurement certificates to prove they are the correct lengths.
As part of that the routes have been tweaked from the original plans.
HaverHalf now includes loops of Roman Way and Shetland Road and continues along Chalkstone Way to descend to Millfields Way on a footpath before the New Croft, while Haver10 leaves Withersfield Road to join the railway line through the Waters Edge flats before Howe Road.
The races will have an independent adjudicator, timekeepers and meet strict UKA regulations.
They have each been issued a multi-terrain licence due to the course taking on the railway line and some of HaverHalf being across the fields between Great Wratting and Chapple Drive.
So far almost 200 people have entered across both races, and organisers are hoping that number will rise to 300 by race day.
Race director Jack Tappin said: “The issuing of these licences is not only prestigious but also a guarantee to runners that we are putting on a quality event as we need to meet UKA’s standards.
“Runners can rest assured that this will be a well organised and executed event and also know that they’re running the correct distances.
“Hopefully now more people will sign up and we’ll have more than 300 people along to enjoy these flagship athletics events in Haverhill.”
Organisers are still searching for volunteers to help marshal the course and ensure the races are successful and have a future.
You can follow the races on Facebook and Twitter (@haverhalf), or get in touch by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can enter through entrycentral.com/haverhalf, runbritain.com/races or pick up an entry from Haverhill Arts Centre.
Entry is £16 for HaverHalf (£14 for affiliated club runners) and £12 for Haver10 (£10).
Entries rise by £2 on the day.
There will be goody bags and medals for all finishers, and premium goody bags and trophies for all category winners.
All money raised goes to St Nicholas Hospice Care.
The races have been made possible thanks to funding from Sanofi (formally Genzyme), Suffolk County Council, Real Bodies Health and Fitness, ONE Haverhill and Haverhill Town Council.
Stylize Display Graphics, Digital Print Shop, GreenAir Cars, OS Communications and Perform Sports Therapy are also sponsors of the races.
For all the latest news and sport see Thursday’s (April 10) Echo.