ASICS Fleet Pre-London Half Marathon News
7 March 2012
Final Preparations Underway for ASICS Fleet Pre-London Half Marathon
Final preparations are taking place for this year's ASICS Fleet pre-London Half Marathon which takes place on Sunday 25th March. Fleet and Crookham AC are looking forward to welcoming 3000 runners to the roads of Fleet and the surrounding area. Among the runners will be serious athletes competing for the top places, runners chasing the elusive PB (personal best), people running their first ever half marathon and the charity runners hoping to raise much needed money for their chosen charity. As in previous years the prize list for the Fleet Half Marathon is extensive - first 10 men, first 6 women plus all the age groups and first 3 teams in both sexes. The best teams usually come from the Army, Navy and RAF who are competing in their annual Inter Services Half Marathon championship. This year they have got some competition with some of the best civilian runners from the North, Wales and the Midlands taking part. The result will be fast competitive runners at the front end which not only produces a race of top quality but will also attract other fast runners next year. There is a new prize this year sponsored by Alton Sports of Farnham for the first Hampshire based men and ladies running club team.
Race Director Penny Abbott says "Once again the ASICS Fleet Half Marathon has proved it is a race people want to run. We were full just after Christmas and have had to turn runners away. We will have fast runs at the front end, but every step of the way runners of all abilities will be achieving their goal. Support along the way really does help to make the miles go by so please do cheer on the runners. 2012 is a special year for Fleet & Crookham AC as it is our 50th birthday year - we are very proud to host this race and thank the residents of Fleet and the surrounding village for their support."
As in previous years, the organisers have secured a closure order relating to the roads on which the race takes place (see map). This is a rolling road closure with the roads re-opening as soon as possible after the runners have passed. The official web.site www.fleethalfmarathon.com contains a list of the roads affected together with anticipated closing and re-opening times. The organisers appreciate the patience and understanding of the motorists who may experience some delay in their journeys if they travel during the road closure times. The main aim is to minimise disruption as far as possible.
The associated charity since the race began is Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and each year they enter a large team full of celebrities from TV programmes such as Emmerdale, Coronation Street and Waterloo Road etc....
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is the only UK charity solely dedicated to research into blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. These cancers are diagnosed in more than 30,000 children, teenagers and adults in the UK every year. The charity receives no government funding and relies entirely on voluntary support. In the next five years they need to raise £120 million to continue their lifesaving research. Further information, including patient information booklets, visit www.beatingbloodcancers.org.uk or on 020 7405 0101. Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust has been associated with the Fleet Half Marathon following the death of Colin Gostelow, the race's founder. The Matthew Elvidge Trust must have the largest team entered into this year's race. Hamish Elvidge says "Over the last two years The Matthew Elvidge Trust has supported the Fleet Half Marathon and, this year, we have 116 runners registered, which is fantastic. Our runners take part to remember their friend, Matthew, increase the awareness of mental health and depression and raise funds to support our work. A huge thank you to all our supporters." Another notable charity hoping to raise money from pounding the streets of Fleet is Step by Step based in Aldershot. The Phoenix, Aldershot Town Football Club's colourful mascot, has agreed to spearhead Step by Step's thirty-strong team for the ASICS Fleet Half Marathon on March 25. Step by Step is the Aldershot-based charity which provides accommodation, support and training for over 850 young people who are homeless or threatened by homelessness. The team is hoping to raise at least £3,000 which will help to finance the charity's physical health programme.
The race would not be complete without a World Record attempt and this year's is no disappointment. 44 year old Andy Seery otherwise known as "Mad Cop" will be attempting to run the Fleet Half Marathon in a full armoured suit, weighing over 35kgs. This attempt is actually just a warm up for his main challenge which is to travel from Coldstream on the Scottish Borders to Poland on a specially designed rocking. Andy is raising significant funds for three worthy causes:
The Fleet Half Marathon's continuing success would not be possible without its sponsors. Along with the main sponsor ASICS there are local companies such as Amazon Windows of Fleet, Barons BMW of Farnborough, Alton Sports of Farnham and Hart Council. Fleet & Crookham AC are pleased to announce a couple of new sponsors, national partner SIS who are providing subsidised goodies and sports drinks and more locally - Taylor Wimpey, the developers of Crookham Reach on the former Queen Elizabeth Gurkha base. The sponsorship of the race will build on its existing connection with Fleet & Crookham AC as the club eventually hopes to relocate to the new Crookham Reach development, where a host of sports facilities including a new athletics track is planned.
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