You think they’d avoid it like the plague – but around 400 runners are expected in the historic Peak District village of Eyam this weekend for one of the country’s toughest half marathons.
The gruelling event, being held on Sunday, May 17, takes runners on a course with an accumulated ascent of over 1,200ft, but rewards them with stunning views over five counties.
The single loop circuit, run entirely on the road, passes through the hamlets of Bretton and Abney, skirts around Eyam Moor, returning to Eyam via Sir William Hill.
This will be the 21st Eyam Half Marathon and the race has again attracted club and individual runners from throughout the country competing for a range of prizes including £100 for the first male to beat the course records set by Adrian Clarke of 1:11:46 in 1999 and Phillipa Leach (1:26:59).
The ‘rat race’ is organized by the Eyam Half Marathon Committee.
All money from the race, and other fund raising events held each year, go towards supporting village organisations and local cancer care charities. To date more than £120,000 has been raised and distributed.
Committee chairman Steve Brown said: “The half marathon would not be the success it is without the enormous hard work put in by the committee members and the tremendous support we receive from the people of Eyam and the surrounding villages who give so generously year after year.”
For more details visit the event website at www.eyamhalfmarathon.org.uk
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