‘We thank you, we applaud you’: Race organisers offer free entries for NHS staff

Two half marathons are offering hundreds of free entries for NHS staff.

Reading Half Marathon is offering 250 places to NHS workers to thank them for their efforts during the pandemic.

The race’s sister event, the Robin Hood Half Marathon is also offering free places for NHS workers. 200 places will be on offer for those employed by the health service.

“The work of our NHS is simply incredible; their efforts and commitment to the health of the nation through COVID-19 is awe-inspiring,” said Judith Manson, Reading Half Marathon’s race director. “We want to celebrate our NHS staff, applaud their hard work and send our warmest love and support, by offering 250 free race entries.

“Every year we work in partnership with the South Central Ambulance Service, East Midlands Ambulance Service and St John Ambulance teams across our events – their dedication to keeping our runners safe is second to none. We can’t thank them enough and just hope that by offering free race entry to the first 450 NHS staff who contact my team, we can give a little back, as well as a goal to work towards, to power them through these incredibly tough times.”

More than 15,000 runners are due to take part in Reading Half Marathon, which takes in the highlights of the town centre and finished in Reading FC’s Madejski Stadium. 

“There is no community quite like the running community – it’s one of passion, dedication, camaraderie and positivity,” added Ms Manson. “Not only will we celebrate the nation’s strength to overcome what is one of the most anxious, challenging and unsettling times we’ve faced, but the incredible efforts of our runners and NHS staff to get through the COVID-19 crisis, as one. From the front line to the finish line, NHS staff, we thank you, we applaud you.”

Robin Hood Half Marathon takes place on Sunday, 27 September, and Reading Half Marathon is on Sunday, 1 November.

For more details visit www.readinghalfmarathon.com

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