The organisers of the award-winning Ealing Half Marathon have announced that the Friends of Ealing Half Marathon membership scheme has proved to be a great success in the first few months since its launch.
The scheme has received overwhelming support from people wanting to become part of the event and help it continue to grow over the years to come, which reflects just how important the Ealing Half Marathon is to the West London community and beyond.
The Friends of Ealing Half Marathon membership scheme was launched as the race enters its sixth year and looks forward to staging its biggest and best event yet on Sunday 24th September 2017.
A firm fixture in the running calendar, the Ealing Half Marathon is well known for its huge community support and lively atmosphere, and it was expected that the new membership scheme would be extremely well received by those who wish to be more involved in the much-loved race.
With the Ealing Half Marathon registered as a Community Interest Company, whereby it ploughs all profits straight back into the community, Friends of Ealing Half Marathon is a perfect way for those who benefit from the race to give something back. With the principal aim of the company to make sport and fitness available to all, typical projects that have received funding from the race include running clubs at schools and for adults, and drives to tackle childhood obesity. Each and every person who becomes a Friend of Ealing Half Marathon will be helping to fund the race and continue the cycle of investment into the community.
The benefits of becoming a Friend of Ealing Half Marathon are wide-ranging, and include access to a VIP marquee on the day of the Ealing Half Marathon as well as entry into a draw to be an official starter for the event. Exclusive merchandise is available and a launch event for all Friends will be held locally each spring. In addition, Friends will be recognised by receiving a digital badge for use on social media and have the option to donate more via the Friends of Ealing Half Marathon web pages.
Race Director Sandra Courtney commented, “We are delighted with the success of Friends of Ealing Half Marathon after just a few months, and are truly overwhelmed with the support that we have received from people of all backgrounds. It was definitely the right time to launch the scheme and it is exciting to see its potential in taking the race forward.
“We were always being asked how people can help to make Ealing Half Marathon even more successful. An event of our size costs well over a quarter of a million pounds every year to stage, and with no ongoing subsidy we are reliant on race entrants and sponsors. Having an official Friends membership scheme felt like the logical way for people to help and be part of what we are trying to achieve.
“Thank you to everyone for all the support we have received so far. Thousands of runners, volunteers and spectators help to make the Ealing Half Marathon a really special event, and we are delighted for the Friends to play their part in helping to make the event sustainable long-term.
“The great thing is that anyone can become a Friend of Ealing Half Marathon. You don’t need to be a runner, a volunteer or a spectator to help; you can be a part of this important West London event just be becoming a Friend and providing valuable support as a member.”
Membership of Friends of Ealing Half Marathon is £35 per year, or £55 including an exclusive t-shirt. All proceeds are invested straight back into the not-for-profit organisation.
A total of 7,500 places are available for the 2017 Ealing Half Marathon, and the event is expected to attract athletes from over 25 countries to West London this autumn to soak up the #EalingFeeling. The Ealing Half Marathon was voted the UK’s best half marathon at The Running Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and won the Silver award in the same category again in 2017.
It is expected that general places for the 2017 race will sell out in advance, as they did for 2016, and those wishing to be on the start line in Lammas Park in September are encouraged to secure their place early.
The 13.1-mile single lap, traffic-free course takes runners through parts of Central Ealing, Montpelier, Pitshanger, West Ealing, Hanwell and St Stephens before returning to Lammas Park.
The Lead Charities for the 2017 Ealing Half Marathon are Cancer Research UK and Alzheimer’s Society.
Entries for the Ealing Half Marathon 2017 are now open. Entry costs £40-£42 for affiliated / non-affiliated runners until 31st July 2017. The organisers are expecting the race to sell out by the end of July.
Go to www.ealinghalfmarathon.com to sign up to the 2017 race. You can also like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/ealinghalf and follow @EalingHalf #EalingFeeling on Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest news about the Ealing Half Marathon.