The closing date for entries for the EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon has been extended to September 25 to cope with a higher than expected number of entrants.
With more than four weeks to go until the Race Against Climate Change, on Sunday October 11, entries already exceed the final numbers who joined in last year’s inaugural event. More than nine and a half thousand runners have already signed up to take part, with a further 2,000 expected before the closing date.
The half marathon is sponsored by EDF Energy and organised by Birmingham City Council. It takes place immediately after the IAAF/EDF World Half Marathon Championships, in which around 200 elite athletes from 50 countries are expected to compete.
The route will take runners in both events from Paradise Circus in the city centre, past Bull Ring and Edgbsaton Cricket Ground, through Cannon Hill Park, to Cotteridge and Selly Oak, along Pershore Road and back into the city centre, finishing on Broad Street.
Cabinet member for Leisure Sport and Culture Cllr Martin Mullaney said: “We are delighted to be inundated with entries for the race, and we are extending the closing date to make sure no-one misses out on the chance to take part.
“With the recent announcement that Paula Radcliffe is planning to run in the Half Marathon World Championships, I am sure many more people will yet be inspired to run in her footsteps.”
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Notes to editors:
About EDF Energy
The combination of EDF Energy and British Energy forms one of the UK’s largest energy companies. The new EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of electricity and the largest generator of low carbon electricity in Britain. Through Our Climate and Social Commitments we have launched the biggest environmental and social packages of any UK energy company.
We produce around one-fifth of the nation’s electricity from our nuclear, coal and gas power stations, as well as combined heat and power plants and wind farms. We provide power to a quarter of the UK’s population via our electricity distribution networks and supply gas and electricity to over 5.5 million business and residential customers.
The company is a key player in national infrastructure projects including management of private electricity networks serving four London airports and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, the country’s first major new railway in 100 years and has published plans to build up to four new nuclear power stations in the UK.
EDF Energy and British Energy together employ nearly 20,000 people at locations across the UK. EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies.
EDF is the official energy utilities partner and sustainability partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
About Birmingham City Council
The EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon will be organised by Birmingham City Council.
Birmingham is a World Class Sporting City and has staged more international and national sports events than any other UK city
Birmingham City Council organises a huge variety of events every year and the city has an excellent reputation for staging great events and sporting championships
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