Half Marathon smashes previous record

By on 30/09/2010 in News

With over a week to go before the entry deadline, the EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon has already smashed previous records.

Almost 13,500 runners have now signed-up for the October 24 event, with over 150 a day currently registering.

And that means up to 15,000 runners could tackle the 13.1 mile course this year - almost double the 8,000 who took part in the inaugural event in 2008.

Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture Cllr Martin Mullaney said: “The EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon has really taken off in the last three years and the high number of returning participants this year shows this event is fast becoming a fixture on the running calendar.

“We're already past last year's field of 12,000 runners and staff are working hard to process a late rush of entrants for what promises to be another hugely successful event.

“Our aim is to further develop the EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon in the coming years, making it one of the top events of its kind in the UK.”

As a consequence of high interest in this year's event, the registration deadline was extended from September 24 to October 9 - just 15 days before the race.

Anyone interested in running in the 2010 event can sign-up via the official website www.birminghamhalfmarathon.com.

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EDF Energy

  • The combination of EDF Energy and British Energy forms one of the UK's largest energy companies. The combined business is the UK's largest producer of electricity. With a current installed capacity of around 16.5GW, we produce almost one-quarter 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 in London, the South East and the East of England and supply gas and electricity to over 5.5 million business and residential customers.   
  • Through our climate and social commitments we have launched the biggest environmental and social packages of any UK energy company. The company is also 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.   
  • EDF Energy and British Energy together employ nearly 20,000 people at locations across the UK. The combined companies are 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.  

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 single year and the city has an excellent reputation for staging great events and sporting championships

For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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