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Half-marathon on Silloth beach is shore thing for runners

Runners will take to the sands of a West Cumbrian beach at next weekend’s second half-marathon in Silloth.

THIS WAY: Promoting last year’s inaugural Silloth half-marathon, from left, Beth Montgomerie, John Montgomerie, David Montgomerie and Bill James. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, August 17

The Silloth-on-Solway beach half-marathon will take place next Sunday, August 17, with competitors traversing the town’s West Beach.

The 13-mile race will see runners start from Station Road, and then run around the dock area and onto the sands.

There will also be a 10k race on the same day, which will take in part of the half-marathon course.

The event follows on from last year’s inaugural half-marathon, for which around 60 people signed up.

Bill James, one of the half-marathon’s organisers and owner of Bank Mill Nurseries at Beckfoot, said: “People were requesting it because it’s something different.

“If you ever want to do a beach run the nearest place is Edinburgh.

“There is nothing nicer than going to the beach. West Beach at Silloth is lovely and not a lot of people know about it.

“It’s a good way to commercialise the facilities we have here. It’s a matter of making people more aware of it.

“Everything was new last year and we didn’t know what to expect. It was a good day and was enjoyed by everybody.”

He added that about 40 people had signed up already and he expected the final figure to surpass last year’s total.

The age limit is 17 for both races. The half-marathon will see runners set off at 11am from Station Road and competitors in the 10k will start at 11.30am.

Runners for both events must be 17 or older on the race day.

All finishers will receive a goodie bag including a T-shirt, medal and a token for a bag of chips.

Entry costs £18. For more details, visit www.q-buster.co.uk

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