THE BARNS Green Half Marathon has been named the Most Improved running event in the UK.
Runners World awarded the 13.1mile test the honour after feedback ratings on their website, and presented the accolade at a glamorous ceremony last month.
What makes the award special for organisers is that it is voted for by runners.
Race director Vernon Jennings said: “This is a huge honour for the Barns Green Half Marathon. We always knew that we generally get excellent feedback on various websites from our runners but to actually emerge as the most improved race in the UK is quite some accolade.
“It is particularly rewarding given the huge number of races that now take place in this country, most of which receive substantial financial help and other support from major councils and local authorities. Our race is organised and made possible by a large number of volunteers who have all done a wonderful job in making the event the great success that it is.”
There are two race category awards and winners are calculated by averaging feedback ratings posted on the Runners World website after runners had completed the events. The ‘Most Improved Event’ category is for the race that scored the biggest improvement in its ratings, compared to its last running, on the Runners World website in the 12 months from March 2011 to March 2012.
Runners World is Internationally renowned as one of the leading running magazines and the Personal Best awards have been handed out since 2007.
This year’s half marathon takes place a month earlier than usual, on September 30, the 30th anniversary of the event. Plans for the 2012 race will include a marching band which will greet runners at Christ’s Hospital School and a Barns Green Junior/Fun Run Race for younger runners and more details on this are expected to be announced soon.
Francis Maude MP will be the official starter of this year’s Barns Green Half Marathon and will be presenting the prizes to the various winners after the race.
For further details on how to take part in the race just visit the Barns Green Half Marathon website; barnsgreen-half.org.uk