Races to suit all ages are planned for Leicester’s marathon day
Posted: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:29
In the aftermath of London 2012, Leicester is preparing for a city wide sporting event of its own. The 6th annual Leicester Marathon, organised by LOROS, will be starting from 9.00am from Victoria Park on Sunday 14th of October. As well as the full 26.2 mile Marathon, a newly introduced 5k Maza Fun Run will also be taking place from Abbey Park at 1pm. The wide range of running activities are designed to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to get involved.
This year's event, which is expected to attract a record number of spectators, has seen the introduction of the free to enter LOROS Maza Fun Run race as a way of encouraging residents to get involved in the big day. With the Olympic torch igniting fire in the bellies of many would-be athletes, the Marathon has already seen a surge in registrations. The 5km run gives first time entrants the opportunity to experience what its like to compete in a large-scale race without having to run the full 26 miles.
'Many inexperienced runners see running a full marathon as a very daunting task. Having a range of races gives more people the opportunity to get involved', commented race organiser Christian Weikert-Picker. 'Most importantly, this day is about encouraging as many people as possible to come and join in with the races, have fun and raise as much money as possible for LOROS'.
The LOROS Maza Fun Run is not the only new addition to this year's event, the Leicester Marathon Health and Wellbeing Marketplace is also being launched. Visitors will have chance to hear about all the sporting activities which Leicester has to offer, as well as the opportunity to try some for themselves. There will also be expert guidance on how to lead a healthy lifestyle available, and free advice from mobile charity units such as NHS Stop Smoking, Be Clear on Cancer Project and the Silver Star Diabetes Van.
In an appeal undoubtedly inspired by the success of the Great British Cyclists at London 2012, both participants and spectators are being encouraged to arrive at the Leicester Marathon on their bikes. Ride Leicester will provide racks and staff to ensure that all bikes are safe and secure while people are running/ watching the races. Dr Bike will also be on hand to help with any 'breakdowns' or mechanical faults suffered by riders.
The events are open to all ages and abilities, with professionals from local sporting clubs such as; The Leicester Tigers, Leicester City Football Club and Leicester Riders even coming to join the fun.
For more details on how to enter the LOROS Maza Fun Run as well as the Marathon, Half Marathon, Free Cartwright Corporate Relay and the Ted Toft Mile for Young People, and download an application form, visit www.leicestermarathon.org.uk.