Runners are on their marks, set and ready for the 33rd annual Barns Green Half Marathon on Sunday.
Around 1,500 entrants are expected to take part in the 13-mile race being held at the earlier time of 10am - for the first time in it’s history.
Legendary rock drummer Kenny Jones, formally of the Who and Small Faces, is this year’s official starter of the course which streams through Barns Green, Itchingfield, the grounds of Christ’s Hospital School and close to Southwater.
The race is known as one of the most scenic in the country and organiser Nigel Currie is hoping the expected good weather could boost entries.
“Numbers for the race are good and we expected to have up to 1,500 runners which we are excited about,” he said.
“Everything has gone as well as we could have hoped and we are really looking forward to it. We are expecting a really good day.
“It is fantastic and very colourful particularly at the start with 1,500 runners going past in a ten-minute period. It’s pretty spectacular.
“There is lots going on up at the green all day. It generally triples the size of the village with friends and families and supporters. There will be a fun fair and stalls and plenty going on.”
Numerous charities, organisations and youth groups are set to benefit from the event and this year’s chosen charity is Prostate Cancer UK.
We’ll have an eight-page pull-out of pictures and every finisher’s time in next week’s paper, but if you have a great story to tell us, get in contact.
For more information, visit www.barnsgreen-half.org.uk
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