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People encouraged to take up running for the Newark Half Marathon

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People are being encouraged to take up running this New Year and sign up for the Newark Half Marathon.

Dave Fargher, who is part of the organising committee for the half marathon, is encouraging people to take up running as a New Year's resolution.

The Newark Half Marathon takes place on August 11 and will start in the Sconce Park at 9.30am.

Newark Half marathon.
Newark Half marathon.

The 13.1 mile route will take runners around the outskirts of East Stoke, through Elston and back to Sconce Park.

Mr Fargher, who ran his first half marathon last year, said: "Its a great social event organised by members of local groups with a passion for running.

"The event is in support of some fantastic Newark based charities and has some great sponsors.

"Even for those new to running, the website has great tips and training guides and there are some fantastic and friendly local running groups to join and assist for that extra push."

Hundreds of runners took part in Newark Half-marathon last year which was won by John Hobbs, 40, from Leeds-based Valley Striders AC.

He finished well ahead of the rest of the runners in a time of 1 hr 13 mins.

The weather conditions were much better than 2017 when it was held in very hot weather.

The winner then was Olympic marathon runner Kevin Seward who set a new course record of 1h 4mins.

John led the runners from the start and crossed the line at the end of 13.1 mile course comfortably.

For more information or to sign up for the Newark Half Marathon visit www.newarkhalfmarathon.co.uk

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