3000 Runners!

Exciting news… we’ve just broken 3,000 entries and we’re still going!

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported the #FestivalOfRunning or signed up to the #CovHalf and #GoRun5k so far.

Entries are still open so don’t miss your chance to be part of it. Head to https://www.enjoycoventry.com/festivalofrunning/ to enter now!

We’ve got some fun facts about our first 3,000 for you:

  • For 57% this is the first time they’ve run the #CovHalf, and for 25% this is their first ever Half Marathon!
  • At the other end of the spectrum we have one runner who has over 150 Half Marathons under their belt and 12 runners who’ve run 100 or more
  • One of our entrants has never missed a Coventry Half Marathon
  • 78% of our runners are unaffiliated – great news for local running clubs looking to snap up some new members!

(It’s so great to see experienced runners and newbies alike signing up)

  • 55% of Half Marathon entrants are aiming for sub 2hrs, including an elite unit of 10 aiming for the 1:00:00-1:15:00 window (and one entrant who is “so quick it’s scary”)
  • We have one confirmed Chewbacca
  • We have over 100 runners using this as part of their marathon training before they go on to London, Paris, Munich, Brighton, Manchester, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Boston!
  • Runners are supporting over 50 charities (that we know of!), raising money to support hospices, refugees, mental illness, cancer charities, Alzheimer’s, a sensory garden, children’s centres, public space defibrillators, youth football, dance, muscular dystrophy, trampolining, macular degeneration, crisis support, anti-bullying, and much, much more
  • After charity, the most popular reason for runners to take part is to take on a challenge, followed by improving fitness and health, and enjoyment
  • A lot of our 5k runners are taking on their first ever running event, with many using it as motivation to stick with Couch to 5k or ParkRun, quite a few team entries from local businesses and charities, and one entrant whose “girlfriend made me do this, but I love her and I love running now!”