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RunThrough Announces Third Ballot Wave for World-First Free Warrington Running Festival

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Wednesday 7th June 2023

Warrington: RunThrough  have announced the successful entrants from the third and penultimate ballot wave for the Warrington Running Festival, a world-first event which offers participants the chance to take part in a closed road, chip timed event for free.

The Warrington Running Festival will take place on the 24th September 2023, starting at the picturesque Warrington Town Hall runners will pass under the famous Golden Gates before pounding the streets. This announcement brings the total number of successful ballot entrants to 3500. The remaining 2500 places are to be allocated final wave that is open now and will be announced on 31st July. The festival includes a 10km, Half Marathon and Kids race, all on closed roads with official chip timing. There have already been upwards of 20,000 entries to the ballot, a fantastic signal of the level of community buy-in amongst. Warrington Running Festival is organised by RunThrough Events, the largest running events company in the UK holding 215 events with 200,000 individual runners entering an event this year. The Warrington Running Festival is also supported by the RunThrough Foundation and Warrington Borough Council. The aim of the event is to increase participation and provide unprecedented opportunities to access sport in light of the physical, mental and social health benefits it brings. Furthermore, a minimum of 20% of places (6000 runner capacity) being prioritised for individuals from low-income areas within Warrington.

Warrington native Ben Green, Co-Founder and Director of RunThrough Events, commented
“It is brilliant for me to be able to bring this first of its kind event to my home town of

Warrington. Having personally seen the massive health and social benefits of running both for myself and for so many runners who have taken part in our events, to know that we are working to further action this in Warrington fills me with immense pride. Running is one of the easiest sports to take up, all you need is a pair of trainers. However, the cost of entering an official event is certainly still a barrier to some, hence the creation of this free event with prioritised places for those from disadvantaged areas.”

Warrington Borough Council as an official partner of the event fully supports the work being done by RunThrough and the RunThrough Foundation to improve the health of individuals in Warrington and beyond through running. As outlined in the WBC Health & Wellbeing Strategy there is a wealth of evidence that shows that increasing physical activity has the potential to improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. By achieving our vision of a Warrington where more people move more, more often, we can reduce obesity, improve our wellbeing and become more socially connected. These are the positive pillars of running that RunThrough has long been bringing to people through its events but now is proud to be innovating and revolutionising the running and mass participation industries even further through this world-first event.

For Further Information

Jamie Dellimore E: jamie.dellimore@runthrough.co.uk

About RunThrough: RunThrough is the UK’s largest running events company, holding 215 events with 200,000 individual runners entering an event this year. RunThrough sits under the GW Active parent brand that also encompasses the  RT Kit, RunThrough Trails, Swim Bike RunThrough as well as flagship events including Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon, Surrey Half Marathon, Alton Towers Resort 10km and Half Marathon alongside the full calendar of events. RunThrough’s mission is to inspire a more active nation through running and the provision of quality, inclusive event experiences for runners of all ages and abilities and to be a leading voice within the endurance and mass participation industries. The organisation was founded in 2012 by Matt Wood and Ben Green, two former international runners from the north-west of England with a dream to share their passion for running to inspire the nation.