Noel Edmonds urges runners to do Bristol Half Marathon
NOEL Edmonds is encouraging people to lace up their running shoes and take on the Bristol Half Marathon in aid of Children's Hospice South West.
The TV presenter, who lives in Bitton and films Deal Or No Deal in Bristol, is a patron for the charity and in 1997 announced he would be leaving them a gift in his will.
The Bristol Half Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, September 30, raises thousands of pounds for many charities. This year charities named as official race partners are Clic Sargent, Coco and Children's Hospice South West (CHSW).
Mr Edmonds says he has huge respect for anyone who runs a half marathon and that every runner supporting CHSW makes a huge difference to people's lives.
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He said: "I have nothing but admiration for people who dedicate themselves to training for a half marathon.
"I am so thankful to runners who have chosen to run to support Children's Hospice South West this September – every step they take really will make such a difference to families who are facing the certain loss of their child.
"I would like to call for anyone who is running but not yet chosen a charity to choose Children's Hospice South West – even £200 raised in sponsorship can pay for a nurse's support for a child and a weekend break for their family."
There are now just 12 weeks left until the Bristol Half Marathon, which last year attracted more than 12,000 runners.
Traditionally, the race attracts some of the UK's leading distance runners as well as entrants from all over the world including the US, Australia, Spain, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and Sweden.
The 13.1-mile course was slightly modified last year to create a flatter course, encouraging speedy times from both novice and elite athletes.
The route takes runners along the historic harbour, up and down The Portway and through the centre finishing at Millennium Square.
This year, the Post is sponsoring the half marathon's company challenge – which will see teams from local companies and businesses competing to win prizes for fastest team, man, woman, and veteran runners aged over 40 (men) and 35 (women).
Bristol City Council is running training days for athletes taking part on Saturday, July 28 and Saturday, September 1.
A team of experts will show anyone from novice to elite athlete how to improve your performance but still enjoy your running.
Sessions will include presentations and practical sessions with lots of opportunity to ask questions.
For more details visit www.runbristol.com.