The organisers of the award-winning Ealing Half Marathon have confirmed that the 2015 event has sold out, with a record number of 7,000 places allocated to runners of all levels. The half marathon takes place on Sunday 27th September and features a 13.1 mile route on closed roads around the leafy streets of the West London Borough.
The Ealing Half Marathon, which takes place for the 4th time this year and is a living example of the Olympic legacy in the capital, is well known for its huge community support and great atmosphere with runners travelling from all over the UK and abroad to experience the #EalingFeeling . The Ealing Half Marathon was voted “Best Half Marathon” by runners at The 2015 Running Awards in London for the 2nd year in a row, proving the popularity of the event.
The race will be started by the parents and brother of Andrew Carter, who passed away in hospital after collapsing near the Ealing Half Marathon finish line last year. Many of Andrew’s family and friends will also be taking part in the 2015 race as a tribute to Andrew.
The Ealing Half Marathon starts at 9.00am with the start, finish and race village in Lammas Park. The Ealing Mini Mile, places to which are sold out, takes place at 9.15am and will see young runners of all levels aged 6-16 covering a one-mile route around Lammas Park.
Race day key timings:
- 07:00 – Race HQ including baggage marquees open
- 08:30 – Group warm up, provided by Fusion Fitness
- 08:45 – Runners enter the start funnel according to expected finish time
- 09:00 – Ealing Half Marathon race start
- 09:15 – Ealing Mini Mile race start
- 10:02 – First Ealing Half Marathon finishers expected
- 11:30 – Prize presentation ceremony
- 12:00 – Last finishers
- 13:30 – Race HQ closes
A field of international runners will be lining the start line on Sunday 27th September, including beginners, charity runners and club runners. A total of 221 Ealing Eagles will also be taking part.
Kenyan Morris Gachaga of Run-Fast will be looking for a win in Ealing, with Damaris Areba, Christopher Cheruiyot and Thomas Beedell (Woodford Green Essex Ladies/Chiltern) amongst those chasing the podium in the elite field. Tim Prendergast, a Paralympian athlete from New Zealand who continues to inspire many by sharing his own experience of overcoming disability to succeed, will also be on the start line.
Kenyan Teresiah Omosa (Run-Fast), Alice Braham (Harrow/Thames Hare & Hounds), Rachel Doherty (Higham) and Melissah Gibson (West 4 Australia) are strong contenders for the title in the female field.
Race Director Kelvin Walker commented: “We are pleased to announce the sell out of the 4th Ealing Half Marathon and we would like to thank everyone who has been supporting the race, including Ealing Council, our partners, local businesses and residents. What sets the Ealing Half Marathon apart from other events and races is the fact that it is organised by a Community Interest Company with any surplus ploughed back into schools and community events.
“The start field for the 2015 race is looking strong and we can’t wait to welcome thousands of runners to Ealing on 27th September. We would like to encourage everyone to spread the #EalingFeeling , which has contributed to firmly putting our borough on the map as far as high profile running events go.”
The race has the support of six Anglican churches alongside the running route who will be manning the water stations with their congregations handing out the water bottles to the runners, actively showing their support for the event.
Race pacers will be supplied by the Xempo Race Pacing, helping runners to hit their target finish time on race day.
The organisers are looking to smash previous fundraising figures with lots of money due to be raised for headline charity Alzheimer’s Society as well as the associated charities CRY and Alice Gross Youth Music Memorial Fund. Ros Hodgkiss, the mother of Alice Gross, will also be running the Ealing Half Marathon alongside others to raise money for the Fund, which supports the work of national charity Youth Music.
Official race partners include Volvic®, ASICS, Up & Running, Move Clinics, Mercedes-Benz Brentford, Xempo, 1E, Kantec, Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, Ealing Eagles and Ealing Council.
Race entry is now closed but the website contains lots of useful information for runners and residents, and the race guide can also be downloaded from www.ealinghalfmarathon.com