Thousands of runners expected to sign up for 2017 Stafford Half Marathon

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Runners are being urged to get out of the blocks quickly to snap up their places for the 2017 Stafford Half Marathon.

A record 4,000 runners could be on the starting line next year as organisers increase the capacity again, up from 2016’s previous record of 3,500.

Despite the extra places, people are being urged to book early as all places are expected to be grabbed quickly.

Last year's runners - picture provided by Stafford Borough Council

Last year’s runners – Picture supplied by Stafford Borough Council

The Stafford Borough Council-run event takes place on Sunday, March 19, starting in Stafford Street at 10am.

Runners can view the Half Marathon course and a selection of training plans on the website.

Entries cost £25 and will open online at noon on Tuesday, November 1.

Councillor Mike Smith, cabinet member for leisure and a former half marathon competitor, said: “The Stafford Half Marathon is rightly seen as one of the top races in the county’s sporting calendar.

“If you do want to take part in 2017, make sure you get your entry in quickly because the popularity of this event just keeps on growing.

“We’re expecting our largest ever field next year.”

As part of the Stafford Half Marathon event programme, a fun run will also take place in the town centre on the same day and entries for this will open in the New Year.

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