Winchester Half supports University societies

Winchester Half supports University societies

The race organisers of the Winchester Half Marathon have recently donated £200 to the University of Winchester Spirits to help them prepare for University Nationals.

The race organisers of the Winchester Half Marathon have recently donated £200 to the University of Winchester Spirits to help them prepare for University Nationals.

The first Winchester Half Marathon since 1982 took place on Sunday 25th September 2016 and was deemed a triumph by all involved. The race, organised by Rees Leisure, the sports events company behind the hugely successful ABP Southampton Marathon, Half and 10k, saw over 1500 runners conquer the 13.1 mile course.

The race relied on over 350 volunteers, comprised of groups and individuals, to marshal the course and cheer the runners round the route. The groups included University of Winchester Men’s rugby team, Winchester Spirits Cheerleading Squad, Peter Symonds College Rock Challenge, Oliver’s Battery WI and Winchester Youth Counselling. Each group of 20 marshals were donated £200 from the event organisers to help to go towards the society or group.

The University of Winchester Ladies Football Captain Charlotte Virley said "We really enjoyed volunteering and helping the half marathon run smoothly, all involved were very supportive towards runners and we had no problems with local residents which made the day fun and not stressful".

Winchester Half Marathon Event Manager Fee Francis said “It was great to have the University of Winchester involved – both as one of the sponsors and by providing marshals for the event – and as a recent graduate of the University I’m glad that the university got involved.”

Charlotte Sigournay from the University of Winchester Spirits said “We will be spending the £200 by hiring a gymnasium with lots of equipment we do not have access to at University such as trampolines, a sprung floor and air track for the team to train on to prepare them for University Nationals next year” 

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.

If you are a group or an individual and want to get involved in the 2017 Winchester Half Marathon you can sign up now HERE

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