Regulars in the annual Waterside Half Marathon will be delighted to hear that they can enjoy a change of scenery this year, with the new route confirmed this week.
But it’s a case of back to the future as the race makes a return to the original ‘out and back’ format used in the early years of the event, which changed course in 2006. The 13.1 mile race, now in its 31st year, attracts thousands of runners and is a favourite of local running clubs and amateur athletes.
According to race director Gerry Lynch, the new route should be a welcome change for runners, as it eliminates some of the more challenging segments making it more user-friendly.
“The ‘out and back’ concept allows us to double up on the locations of the water stations and the en route toilets, and enables participants to monitor the progress of their rivals — something lacking since the loss of the original course,” he said.
“We can now centralise both relay changeover locations — the White Horse Hotel providing the ideal handover spot.”
The race, run by Derry City Council with support from sponsors Seagate, O2 and Autobar, is on Sunday, September 9.
Walkers meantime, can take on the 10-mile challenge at the Gransha Park groundsstarting at 10am and the half marathon at 10.30am. A host of family fun activities will also take place, including the 2km Family Fun Run at 10.45am. Entry forms are available at St Columb’s Park and all council-run leisure centres.
For details of the half-marathon route, the walk, and to register log on to www.derrycity.gov.uk/|halfmarathon.