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Coventry Half Marathon 2017

Published: Monday, 31 October 2016

Coventry City Council's Cabinet Members have approved an additional £50,000 contingency budget to support the delivery of the Coventry Half Marathon for 2017.

The approval has enabled the event to continue and provides the financial security for the Council to deliver a 2017 event. 

This has enabled an early commitment to a suitable spring 2017 date for the event, in addition to providing continuity and certainty of the race’s place in the annual calendar for runners, volunteers and supporters. 

In confirming a 2017 event, Council officers will actively seek to engage with local running clubs, charities and businesses, both in relation to the 2017 event and planning for future events. 

The event brings great benefits to Coventry through profile, city centre footfall, and economic benefits, in addition to encouraging people to take part in physical activity and raising thousands of pounds for great charities.  

Councillor Abdul Khan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member responsible for Events, said:

“Following the recent announcement by GO2 Events not to seek an extension to their contract to deliver the event, we have moved quickly to consider the options to continue to deliver a 2017 event.

“By making this financial commitment, it will allow us to work immediately to formally register a date for the event and open runner registration for a 2017 Coventry Half Marathon.

“In securing the event next year, we hope runners, local businesses, sponsors and charities, can now plan for the event and we look forward to Coventry hosting yet another successful event for all the community.”

Securing the Coventry Half Marathon 2017 through the above model will also enable more detailed discussions with local partners to continue over future delivery of the event for 2018 and beyond. 

In 2016, the ‘Decathlon Coventry’s Half Marathon’ attracted 4,212 runners and the associated Schools Challenge event attracted 1,033 children as participants.  In 2016, the event secured over £80,000 in charitable fundraising.

People can register their initial interest in the 2017 event at www.coventryhalf.com which will also host race information and more information over the coming weeks.