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The first official Bury St Edmunds marathon has been launched, as the town prepares for its second festival of sport
The marathon 26.2 mile distance will be one of four runs organised for the Bury St Edmunds Running Festival.
The event is being run by HaverSports, which has delivered the Haverhill Running Festival since 2014, and is being sponsored by local business Unique Bars, who run Flex Nightclub.
Taking place on Sunday, October 29, the festival will include a half marathon, full marathon, 10 kilometre race and fun run, all in aid of Bury Town Pastors and the My WiSH Charity which supports West Suffolk Hospital.
HaverSports director, Jack Tappin, said: “Bury already has a great running club [St Edmunds Pacers] and a thriving running scene so we’re excited to be able to offer this event in the town.
“We saw good support for our triathlon here last year so we hope that will continue with the new running festival, and that runners both young and old, new and experienced can come to enjoy this new leisure centre and the gorgeous countryside of Suffolk while raising money for these two great charities.”
The running festival will be held at the brand new Skyliner Leisure Centre in Moreton Hall, at Sybil Andrews Academy. The routes will wind through the surrounding Suffolk countryside taking in Thurston, Pakenham and Great Barton.
Dominic Creffield, managing director of Unique Bars, said: “We see a lot of Bury Town Pastors and are aware of the good work done by My WiSH Charity, so we were keen to be involved in an event raising money for these two great charities.
“We’re also keen to encourage people to get active and are looking forward to welcoming hundreds of runners to Bury.”
The event will form part of the Ourburystedmunds Festival of Sport, which runs from October 23 to October 29.
Mark Cordell, chief executive of the Ourburystedmunds Business Improvement District (BID), said: “I am absolutely delighted that they are organising the first ever Bury marathon. It will be part of this year’s Festival of Sport, which will be promoting a range of clubs and organisations and hopefully inspiring people to take up sport.”
The festival will also include a netball court and a standalone 5km run on October 25.
Sue Smith fundraising manager of My WiSH Charity said; “We are absolutely delighted. We believe that staying fit and healthy is the perfect way to stay out of hospital, and this event is a great way of promoting that.”