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Popular races to return next year in changed format

Monday, 1st December 2014.

Two popular races that attracted more than 360 runners to Haverhill and raised over £13,000 for a local charity will return next year.

HaverHalf – Haverhill’s first half marathon – was held at the same time as Haver10, a 10-kilometre race, on May 11, raising the cash for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Now the races have been split into two separate events so that people can compete in both, with organisers aiming to have 500 competing in each to raise more than £20,000 for the charity.

Haver10 – the Sanofi 10k - will be held on April 12, while HaverHalf – the Real Bodies Half Marathon - will be held on October 25.

Both routes will also be different, with Haver10 beginning at Haverhill Leisure Centre and again covering much of the old railway line and HaverHalf starting at Castle Manor Academy and weaving through a number of the surrounding villages.

Also new in 2015 will be a 2km fun run held before both Haver10 and HaverHalf, which is open to all ages.

Haver5, a 5km run, will be held the day before HaverHalf – on Saturday 24 October.

The events will form part of a vibrant new athletics scene in Haverhill, with the organisers also ensuring that Haverhill successfully held its first triathlon in 2014 with HaverTri – the Haverhill Research Park Triathlon - attracting 178 triathletes to raise around £5,000 for the town’s Scouts and Guides.

There are also training packages on offer in 2015, with organisers working with Haverhill Running Club to get runners ready for Haver10 and with the running club and Real Bodies Health and Fitness to offer a training package that includes entry to both races to advance runners from Haver10 to HaverHalf.

Matthew Hancock MP competed in his first half marathon at HaverHalf in May, and will be lacing up his running shoes again next year.

“Haverhill’s sporting exploits are going from strength to strength,” said the skills minister.
“I loved running HaverHalf – at least the first half of it – and I’d always wanted to complete a half marathon.

“I’m delighted that the races will be coming back and will be taking part in both next year.”

Race director Jack Tappin said: “The response to staging athletics events in Haverhill has been staggering, with both the running events and triathlon far surpassing my expectations for entries and banishing any notion that Haverhill is not an active town.

“The community and business spirit has been great too with so many people volunteering and being sponsors to help realise my vision of bringing premier athletics events to Haverhill.

“I trust that this spirit will continue and together we can work to ensure that people’s appetite for competing in Haverhill is satisfied.

“Hopefully we’re now offering something for all ages and abilities – a few people said it would be nice to have a fun run their children could do with them, and the 5km race offer another option for people.”

John Burns, from Real Bodies Health and Fitness, is sponsoring HaverHalf 2015
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Lee Button, manager of the Hollands Road gym, said: “It was great to be involved with the inaugural HaverHalf and see so many people competing in Haverhill, so we’re really looking forward to continuing our involvement in 2015.

“These races not only encourage people to get and stay stay fit, which is what we’re all about, but also bring people into Haverhill so we’re excited to see what 500 people running through the town will look like come October.”

Stephanie Manning, chair of Sanofi’s Community Relation Team, sponsors of Haver10 2015, said: “St Nicolas Hospice Care has been a Sanofi Haverhill site chosen charity for many years.

“This charitable organisation remains a very important cause to Sanofi staff as we recognise the dedication and support given by St Nicholas Hospice Care to numerous families in the community.

“Sanofi were proud to be a sponsor of HaverHalf and Haver10 2014 and it was only natural to want to do so for 2015.

“It is a privilege for Sanofi to be involved with Haver10 in April 2015. The event also demonstrates Sanofi as a company that takes its corporate social responsibilities seriously.

“Sanofi strongly believes that the Haver10 2015, along with the other races to be held, will positively raise the profile of Haverhill and establish that this town is full of community spirit.”

Jordan Hughes, community fund raiser for St Nicholas Hospice Care, said: “It is brilliant that Jack is organising the Haverhalf and Haver10K for the town
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“It is crucial that enjoyable, active recreational events take place and thanks to Jack Haverhill has that.

“It is also brilliant that the events will be in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care again. Last year over £13,000 was raised for the hospice from two events – let's see if we can double that.”

HaverHalf and Haver10 will continue to work with local sponsors and supporters including Castle Manor, Tesco Haverhill, Stylize Display Graphics, OS Communications, Aerocycles, Perform Sports Therapy, Ignite Radio and KP Landscaping.

You can enter the races online by visiting entrycentral.com/haver10 for Haver10 and its fun run or entrycentral.com/haverhalf2015 for HaverHalf, its fun run and Haver5.

Alternatively, call 07724 671162, follow @haverhalf on Twitter and like the page Facebook.
For more information, or if you’re interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteer, e-mail haverhalf@gmail.com

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