ORGANISERS of this year’s Henley Half Marathon are appealing for entrants.
So far, about 800 runners have signed up for the event on Sunday, October 12 with another 100 entered for the Henley Standard 10km race, which takes place at the same time.
The Rotary Club of Henley Bridge, which organises the event, hopes to have 2,000 runners in the main event and 600 in the 10km.
Race organiser Peter Wilkinson, a member of the club, said entries from charities, companies and schools would be welcome and group entries would be entitled to reduced fees.
He said: “We like to think that after the regatta the half marathon is one of the biggest sporting events in and around Henley — it has been going for more than 30 years.
“Everyone believes it’s a good event, the town enjoys it and the runners come from far and wide.”
Last year’s event was the wettest in the history of the event so the organisers are hoping to be luckier this year.
Mr Wilkinson joked: “Our current president Alan Dawe used to be a fairly senior guy in the Meteorological Office so he’s on the case as far is the weather is concerned!”
The half marathon course starts at Henley Rugby Club and follows a route over Henley Bridge, along Remenham Lane to the Flower Pot pub at Aston, back along the towpath and over the bridge. The runners then go along Marlow Road, up Icehouse Lane to Fawley, down Fawley Hill and then back to the start via Fair Mile.
The 10km course also starts at the rugby club and follows the second section of the course from Marlow Road.
Charities set to benefit this year include PolioPlus, Bishopswood School in Sonning Common, the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Henley, the Rivertime Boat Trust and the RNLI.
Entrants are also welcome to raise money for their own causes.
To enter, visit www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?pgid=333593&clubid=540