Unfortunately due to a clash of dates for access to part of the course, the Henley Half Marathon and 10K run will now take place on Sunday 21 October.
Both races start from the Henley Rugby Club on the Reading Road at 9.30am. The race takes runners through the town centre, along the Thames towpath through the Chiltern beech woods and up the notorious Fawley Hill! Both races finish at the Henley Rugby Club.
All of the money raised is for local charities including; Camp Mohawk, the RNLI, Nomads and many local groups who help steward the race, run the car park and help at the various water stations.
As with all distance races held for local charities many runners support a variety of charities, raising money through sponsorship for organisations such as Cancer Research, British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Nurses, Sue Ryder and many other deserving charities. Therefore, the race day makes a great deal of money for many charities both locally and nationally.
Invesco Perpetual not only sponsor the Half Marathon but many members of staff run in both races to raise money for their own named charity. This not only raises the profile of the Half Marathon but increases the amount of money going to charity. Last year all of the Invesco runners finished their race and expect to run in the 2018 half marathon or 10k.
One group who have participated for five years is local school Shiplake CE Primary PTFA, with teachers, governors, parents and children running on the day. All of the money raised by the PTFA is donated to the school and is used to buy equipment which has included an upgrade to their computer suite, sports equipment and library books. Last October all of the sponsorship money raised, approximately £3,500, went towards installing an artificial grass surface in the Key Stage 2 playground, giving a softer surface for PE lessons and outdoor activities. Plans are being finalised and this should be installed in the very near future.
Runners are guaranteed entry on the day and are able to sign up for chip timing up until 9.15am on the 21st October. Runners are guaranteed entry on the day and are able to sign up for chip timing up until 9.15am on the 21st October. Half Marathon entry is £30.00 and the 10k £25.00 if you book on line in advance and £35.00 for the Half Marathon and £30.00 for the 10k if you enter on the day. More information is available on the Henley Bridge HalfMarathon & 10k website