Facebook page for Haverhill races

HaverHalf Facebook page
HaverHalf Facebook page

An inaugural athletics event in Haverhill is now on Facebook as organisers aim to get more runners and marshals involved.

HaverHalf and Haver10 will be held on May 11, setting off at 9.30am from the recreation ground in Camps Road.

Matthew Hancock MP judging HaverHalf logos

Matthew Hancock MP judging HaverHalf logos

HaverHalf represents the first time Haverhill has ever hosted a 13.1 mile half marathon, and so far more than 80 people have entered the two events.

Facebook users can now like and keep up to date with the event at www.facebook.com/haverhalf#

Organisers are hoping to attract close to 500 runners, with roads closed for the beginning as they set off through the town centre.

Entry is £16 for HaverHalf (£14 for affiliated club runners) and £12 for Haver10 (£10 for affiliated club runners).

Entry costs rise by £2 on the day.

Entry is free if you raise £100 – pay the entry fee and then submit the amount raised minus that fee.

Entry can be made at entrycentral.com/haverhalf or by collecting a form Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill Leisure Centre, and Sanofi (Genzyme) reception in Rookwood Way.

Alternatively you can request a form.

There will be trophies and premium goody bags for first, second and third, first over 40, first over 60 (both male and female, both races), most sponsorship raised and fastest average team time.

All finishers will get goody bags and medals.

T shirts featuring the logo are available for £10.

All money raised goes to St Nicholas Hospice Care.

The event has been made possible thanks to funding from Sanofi (Genzyme), Real Bodies Health and Fitness, Haverhill Town Council and Suffolk County Councillors Anne Gower, Tony Brown and Julian Flood.

Other sponsors and supporters are Stylize Display Graphics, GreenAir Cars, Perform Sports Therapy and Castle Manor Academy.

For all the latest news see tomorrow’s (Thursday, February 13) Echo.