The EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon is back

By on 16/02/2010 in News

The organisers of the EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon aim to build on the huge success of the last two years and have targeted at least 15,000 runners for this year's event.

Following the success of the 2009 event, the EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon will return this year on Sunday 24 October.

Over 12,000 runners signed-up for the 2009 half marathon, and Cllr Martin Mullaney, Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, is confident that figure will be surpassed this time around.

He said: “I am delighted to say that the EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon will be back for 2010. Last year's event was a huge success attracting over 12,000 entrants and we hope that this year even more participants will take part.

“The EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon was introduced as a means of inspiring more people to be more active, more often and its success demonstrates yet again Birmingham's ability to stage great major events.

“I would like to encourage people from across the city and region to come and be part of this event either as runners and volunteers or just by lining the route and cheering on the thousands of entrants as they take on this challenge.”

The event will once again be sponsored by EDF Energy, one of the UK's largest energy companies, and will be known as the Race Against Climate Change.

Anyone interested in running in the 2010 event can register their interest at the official website www.birminghamhalfmarathon.com and be one of the first people notified when the entry system is officially launched.

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

Background to the EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon

The first ever EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon was staged in October 2008 and was a great success with nearly 9,000 people entering the race. 80% of entrants came from the West Midlands region, with a further 20% travelling to Birmingham from across the country or in some cases from across the world. All of these visitors helped to provide a valuable economic impact for the city of Birmingham.

An independent survey carried out after the event, which more than 50% of runners completed, revealed that 90% of runners said that they would enter the event again and 90% also rated the event as either good or very good.

Nearly 100% said that they felt it should be an annual event and respondents from Birmingham were also asked whether they were proud that their city had staged this event with nearly 99% confirming that they were.

For further information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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