St Albans Half Marathon shortlisted for Running Awards 2017

Runners in the St Albans Half Marathon, 2014

Runners in the St Albans Half Marathon, 2014 - Credit: Archant

A long-distance charity run in St Albans has been shortlisted for an national award, putting it “on the map” in the running community.

St Albans Half Marathon, which has been going for 36 years, includes a fun-run, 5K, and a walking event, and is up against 12 other events in the Running Awards 2017.

Last year the event donated more than £24,000 to 50 organisations, with the Hospice of St Francis, a charity which provide care for the terminally ill, taking the lion’s share of the money.

Race director Katie Foweraker said it was a unique event: “We’re up against some stiff competition, with many of the other half marathon events having bigger budgets and bigger teams.

“But we think that’s why our runners love the event so much – despite growing in size in over the years, we continue to keep the community focus at the heart of the event with the main aim being to raise money to put straight back into that community.”

Katie is encouraging the St Albans community to vote and put the race on the map within the running community.

It is up against runs like the Aldi Manchester Half Marathon, Burnham Beeches Half, Great North Run, and Northumberland Coastal Run.

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Vote at before April 13 to have your say - the winner will be announced on April 20.

On the website, it is under running events, then half marathon.