Saracens - Vitality North London Half Marathon to return to Allianz Park

Sep 03, 2015

Vitality North London Half Marathon to return to Allianz Park


The Vitality North London Half Marathon is returning for its second year on Sunday 20th March 2016.

Following last year’s successful inaugural event, runners are invited back to North London for 2016 with an exciting twist! The route for this epic stadium to stadium half has been reversed to finish inside the iconic Wembley Stadium, connected by EE - Early Bird Entries open on Wednesday 2nd September 2015 at www.northlondonhalf.com.

Arguably the greatest finish line in the world, Wembley Stadium will see thousands of runners end their 13.1 mile half marathon challenge on a high as they run under the famous arch to the finish line.

“We’re delighted to once again announce that the Vitality North London Half Marathon will take place at Allianz Park in 2016,” says Saracens Stadium Director, Gordon Banks. “Last year’s Vitality North London Half Marathon provided the people of Barnet, Brent and North London with a world-class running event that they can be proud of and we are excited that Allianz Park will once again be at the heart of it all.”

Jamie Warren, Head of Marketing and Commercial at Achieve Events: “We are delighted to bring back the Vitality North London Half Marathon for its second year and believe the spectacular finish in Wembley Stadium will make for a very memorable event.

“We had fantastic feedback from runners this year and know that by incorporating Saracens’ Allianz Park at the half-way point with a Wembley Stadium finish, even more people will be inspired to take part in this exciting running event for London. Perfectly timed exactly five weeks before the Virgin Money London Marathon, we anticipate that many full marathon runners in training will also take the opportunity of a pre-marathon training run on the streets of London.

“After the success of the inaugural race this year, we are expecting a sell-out for 2016, so would encourage runners to take advantage of the limited £5 off early bird offer to secure their place now to avoid disappointment.”

For 2016, all runners will receive a FREE finishers technical t-shirt from race partner, Brooks, a fantastic medal, premium goody bag and post-race massage on race day. To grab your limited early bird discount at £35 for affiliated runners and £37 for unaffiliated entry, visit www.northlondonhalf.com.

The Vitality North London Half Marathon is supported by a number of partners and charities, giving runners ample opportunity to raise funds for good causes. Official National Charity Partners include Macmillan Cancer Support and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. The Vitality North London Half Marathon is part of the Vitality Run Series, which is sponsored by Vitality, the health and life insurer that rewards healthy living.

"We are delighted to be supporting the Vitality North London Half Marathon for a second year and hope the new route, which finishes in the iconic Wembley Stadium, will inspire even more people to get involved,” says Neville Koopowitz, Vitality CEO.

“The Vitality North London Half Marathon enjoyed a fantastic first year and we’re delighted to be working with Saracens and Vitality on this project for a second year,” says Roger Maslin, Managing Director Wembley National Stadium Ltd. “It’s perfect preparation for the London Marathon with the added bonus of getting to run through two of London’s best sporting venues,”

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”In 2016 over 89 people a day will be diagnosed with cancer in Greater London,” says Cat Alabaster from Macmillan Cancer Support. “People who join Team Macmillan can help make sure no one next year faces this alone."

“Youth today are facing troubling futures,” says Richard Loat from Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. “Joining Team Sport for Good will help give kids the future they deserve and unlock their hidden potential, across the United Kingdom. Run alongside us as we return to the Vitality North London Half for another fantastic race, in the race to change lives.”

“With our partners GO2, Wembley Stadium and the London Boroughs of Barnet & Brent, we have created a unique route that will provide runners with a memorable experience,” says Cllr James Denselow, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities. “The Vitality North London Half Marathon is a great way for the whole community to come together, whether in taking part yourself or just to cheer on the runners as they undertake the 13-mile challenge. Anyone who has prepared for and completed a long distance run will tell you just what a great way it is to get fit and healthy, how enjoyable it is, and what a great sense of achievement that comes with completing the course,” he continues.

“If you have done a half-marathon before I’d encourage you to sign up for this one and attempt a new personal best, but if you haven’t, then why not give it a go? There is plenty of time to get some proper training and preparation in and the satisfaction you will get from completing it will be enormous.”

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