On your marks for annual race

Barns Green Half Marathon 2013
Barns Green Half Marathon 2013

Runners are on their marks and set to take to their heels in force on Sunday for the 32nd annual Barns Green Half Marathon.

Since the race began in 1982, the unique village occasion has raised a vast amount of money for charity.

Last year, more than 1,400 runners took part in the race which follows a route through the lanes of Barns Green, Itchingfield, Christ’s Hospital and close to Southwater through some of the most scenic countryside in West Sussex.

The top runners this year will also be able to line their pockets with the announcement of an increased prize fund for the top three male and female athletes.

First place in each will take home £250, with the runners-up receiving £150 and third place £100.

Race director Vernon Jennings said: “We are very pleased that we have been able to increase the prize money for this year’s race. Hopefully, it will make things even more competitive for the top runners taking part.

“Of course the race is not just for top runners, it is for runners of all levels of ability. We will have runners who will finish the race in just over an hour and some who will take considerably longer.

“However, whatever their finishing time, I always get a thrill out of watching the smiles on the faces of the runners at the end of the race as they are presented with their medal.”

There will also be prizes for the best team, local winners and a £250 prize for anyone beating the course record, as well as a runners’ fancy dress competition with cash prizes for the top five.

This year’s official charity is the Sussex Air Ambulance and their representatives and pupils from Christ’s Hospital School will be collecting for the charity. The event is sponsored by Berkeley Homes, Motorline Toyota Horsham, More Th>n and Bluecoat Sport and Fitness Centre.

For further details on how to take part in the race, visit www.barnsgreen-half.org.uk