The Mayor supports Winchester Half Marathon
The first Winchester Half Marathon since 1982 took place in Winchester on September 25th 2016. The race saw over 1500 runners take part in the 13.1 mile course which incorporated iconic sights of the city including the King Alfred statue, Winchester Guildhall and St Catherine’s Hill. The race was organised by Rees Leisure, the sports events company behind the ABP Southampton Marathon, Half and 10k.
The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Jane Rutter opened the race and cheered on the runners as they crossed the start line. She also presented the awards to the fastest runners and congratulated runners as they crossed the finish line.
The Mayor had 5 runners fundraising for her charities which include Home-Start, Combat Stress, Winchester Youth Counselling and Street Reach – and one of her runners Aaron Froukhians finished the race in 6th place.
The Mayor also arranged a group of marshals for the day who marshalled ‘The Mayor’s Mile” and earned a donation of £200 from the race organisers to add to the funds raised for the Mayor of Winchester’s charities.
Councillor Rutter said “I was very pleased to be involved with Winchester Half Marathon. It was a very exciting event, starting and finishing right in the heart of Winchester, and offered a great opportunity to local charities to raise extra funds for their good causes. I was delighted that five intrepid souls were prepared to run to help raise money for my Mayor’s Charities and between them they raised over eight hundred pounds. I look forward to cheering on the runners again next year, as this should definitely become a regular fixture in the City’s sporting calendar.”
Winchester Half Marathon 2017 is currently planned to take place on Sunday 24th September 2017 and the organisers hope for 3000 runners to take part.