The organisers of the award-winning 2017 Ealing Half Marathon have announced that the Ealing Mini Mile is now open and that it will take place on a new day.

Due to huge demand from young runners wanting to be a part of this popular sporting event, the Mini Mile will take place the day before the Ealing Half Marathon, on Saturday 23rd September. Moving the Mini Mile to a different day for the first time will allow for a greater number of participants, with 1500 places available in 2017 compared to 400 places in 2016.

The Ealing Mini Mile was first held on 2013 and has become a much-loved part of the Ealing Half Marathon, giving young runners aged 6-16 the chance to experience a big sporting event and the thrill of crossing the finish line. The race sells out each year, with all places being snapped in under 24 hours in 2016, so anyone wishing to take part is encouraged to sign up promptly.

The young runners cover a one-mile route around Ealing’s Lammas Park, and the 2017 Ealing Mimi Mile will take place from 2pm on Saturday 23rd September with wave times.

Junior members of the local athletics clubs as well as the children of the Ealing Half Marathon runners are often quick to sign up to the Mini Mile, plus the race welcomes a large number of youngsters who have never taken part in a running event before.

Each year a different local school is selected to design the Mini Mile t-shirt, and this year Ealing’s Mount Carmel Primary School has been chosen to create a winning design.

Current Mini Mile course records are held by Charlotte Buckley from Thames Valley Harriers (00:05:43) and Joseph Barnes (00:05:18).

The race awards prizes to the winners of the different age categories and every runner gets their finish time.

Events Co-Ordinator Sandra Courtney commented, “We are delighted to announce that the 2017 Ealing Mini Mile is now open for entries, and that we will be able to accommodate many more young runners by moving the race to the Saturday before the Ealing Half Marathon. There is always a fantastic atmosphere for the Mini Mile and it will be a brilliant way to kick off race weekend. Over 700 places sold within 3 days of the opening of registration and we are expecting the 2017 Ealing Mini Mile to sell out soon.

“We are working closely with local schools to raise awareness of the Ealing Mini Mile and we are hoping to inspire young runner of all levels and abilities to get involved in this fun sporting event. As keen runners ourselves, we are passionate about promoting running as a sport that is accessible to everyone, and we are excited to be able to give young people the opportunity to experience the atmosphere of a big race.”

With eight months until race weekend, the Ealing Half Marathon is already filling its 8,000 spaces as runners from all over the UK and abroad secure their spot to experience the #EalingFeeling. Now celebrating its sixth anniversary, it promises to be the biggest year yet for the race which was introduced in 2012 as a legacy to London’s Olympic Games.

The Ealing Half Marathon starts and finishes in Lammas Park and features a 13.1-mile route on closed roads around the leafy streets and parks of the West London Borough. It is well known for its huge support and lively atmosphere.

The Ealing Half Marathon and the Ealing Mini Mile are organised by Ealing Half Marathon CIC, a Community Interest Company that invests all money raised at the races into sporting and health-promoting activities within the local community.

The entry fee for the Ealing Mini Mile is £10 per child, which includes a unique medal, water and a t-shirt for all finishers. A maximum of 1500 places are available and online registration is now open: https://www.riderhq.com/events/72790/ealing-mini-mile.

Until 30th April, the entry fee for the Ealing Half Marathon is £38 for affiliated athletes and £40 for unaffiliated runners. The fee rises to £40-42 between 1st May – 31st July, and the race is expected to sell out by the end of July.

Go to www.ealinghalfmarathon.com for further details and to sign up. You can also like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/ealinghalf and follow @EalingHalf #EalingFeeling on Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest news about the Ealing Half Marathon.

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