Runners will be hoping to get off to a steady beat with a legendary rock drummer starting this year’s Barns Green Half Marathon.
This year will see the 33rd running of one of the most scenic races in the country and proceedings will be started by former Who and Small Faces percussionist Kenny Jones.
Hundreds of runners will begin the 13-mile race on Sunday, September 27, at the new earlier time of 10am, streaming through Barns Green, Itchingfield, the grounds of Christ’s Hospital School and close to Southwater.
Once again numerous charities, local organisations and youth groups are set to benefit from the event and this year’s chosen charity is Prostate Cancer UK - the UK’s largest men’s health charity.
Jones is one of the charity’s ambassadors and will act as the official starter for this year’s race.
Previously to being diagnosed with prostate cancer himself in 2013, he had played with some of the biggest rock bands in the world.
He was a founder member of the Small Faces in 1965 before the band recruited Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood in 1969 and became the Faces.
Jones, who lives in Ewhurst, was also the drummer for the Who from 1978.
He said: “I was delighted when I was asked to start this year’s Barns Green Half Marathon. It is one of the great local events and of course I am very close to this year’s official charity, Prostate Cancer UK who do such great work.
“I hope that everyone will give generously at the car park collections and that the race is a huge success and raises lots of much-needed money”.
The event is once again sponsored by some major companies, Berkeley Homes, MoreThan, Motorline Horsham Toyota and Bluecoatsports.
Their support will add to the money which is raised in the car parks and on the Green on race day.
Each year hundreds of pounds are raised for different charities, local organisations and youth groups.
Last year, the race raised around £12,000. In addition many of the runners taking part in the race also raise money for various charities and several local organisations, sports clubs and youth groups also receive donations for their help and support with the race organisation.
Barns Green Half Marathon chairman, Vernon Jennings said: “We are delighted to be supporting Prostate Cancer UK as our official charity and are particularly thrilled that Kenney Jones who is such a great supporter of the charity has agreed to start our race this year.
“The work done by Prostate Cancer UK is invaluable and recently we have had first hand experience in the village of the great job that they do.
“I hope that everyone who takes part in this year’s race or comes along to cheer on the runners will support the vital work that they do.”
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