Harriers turn out in force for Half Marathon

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Our local running club Bournville Harriers expect to field a record number of runners at this year’s Birmingham Half Marathon which takes place this Sunday, 24th October. The club, which meets regularly at Rowheath Pavilion expects to beat last year’s turnout by club members.

Club chairman Steve James said: “Last year we had over 100 Club members take part which is probably the highest of any other club in the race. The race has become a key focus for many of the members and we also attract runners who join us to prepare for the event and enjoy the experience Bournville Harriers has to offer and continue to run with the club in the weeks and months after the race.”

In 2009 Bournville’s fastest runner was Dean Parker who ran the race in 1 hour 15 minutes with the club’s leading Lady, Mel James finishing 6th in 1 hour 23 minutes. Both Dean and Mel are running again this year and are looking to improve their times despite a changed course that includes an uphill section towards the finish through Edgbaston.

Also running for Bournville Harriers is Rob Andrew, who is European Masters Champion over 800 and 1,500 metres on the track.

This weekend’s race starts at 9am with the front runners appearing in Bournville, on Bournville Lane, at about 9.30am.