Two weeks to go!
There are less than two weeks to go till the Frome Half Marathon, 10k and 5k and there are just a few entries left. So if you haven’t yet entered – or you know someone who has been thinking about entering one of the races – get on it before it’s too late at www.fromehalfmarathon.co.uk.
Race day numbers and start
The race starts at 10am, so please allow plenty of time to get to the event. If you haven’t already received your number by post, you can collect your number and chip from 8-9.30am on race day from Frome Town Football Club. You’ll also find the baggage storage there. The half marathon, 10k and 5k all start at the same time (10am) from the same place, so please make sure you’re on the start line in plenty of time.
Race day parking
If you’re driving into Frome for race day, please try to share cars if you can. To park, please follow the signs to the event parking at Frome Cricket Club, Rodden Road, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2AH. Please leave plenty of time to get to the race and park.
There is a children’s 1k race on the day too, after the start of the main races. Kids can enter this race on the day – with an adult’s permission – at the football club.
If you have any queries about race day or you’re not sure about anything, please check our website, www.fromehalfmarathon.co.uk. There you’ll find full details of what to do on the day, plus an FAQ that will answer most of your questions.
Residents and visitors to Frome are asked to keep a look out for road closures in their area. The yellow route closure signs are now up on lampposts along the route around the town and out through Nunney and Whatley, and these signs detail which roads will be closed and when. Most
roads are only closed for an hour or two, but please do check these signs if you think you will be affected, as you will not be able to use these roads during the time shown on the signs. You can also get a full lowdown on the road closures – which roads are shut and when – at www.fromehalfmarathon.co.uk/road-closure.
Mayor and Deputy Mayor to run the 10k
Toby Eliot, Mayor of Frome, and Deputy Mayor Al O’Kane will both be running the 10k race to raise funds for local charity Frome Gateway Club, which is part of Frome Mencap Society. The charity provides social activities and friendship to adults, young and old, with learning disabilities. Club leader Ann Taylor said “We are honoured to have support from our Mayor Toby and Deputy Mayor Al. Some of our club members need a greater level of support or encouragement and any money raised will help us run some exciting activities or help towards our regular events, which are enjoyed so much by everyone at the club.”
Toby Eliot, Mayor of Frome, said: “Frome Gateway Club is a fantastic Frome charity, which celebrated its 50th anniversary June 2016. We’d like to raise as much as we can for this charity and to add some emphasis I will be running in my mayoral chain! Please sponsor our run, by donating whatever you can for this cause. I’ve set up a JustGiving pagewww.justgiving.com/profile/mayoroffrome where you can make a donation.”
Ryan Wheeler to start the race
The race this year will be started by inspirational local boxer Ryan Wheeler. Ryan started boxing aged 11 and had a superb amateur career that saw him become Midlands, Western Counties, and Southern area champion, along with reaching national finals with 38 wins from 52 fights.
Once his amateur career was over, Ryan looked to join the Army, but was refused due to having bone cancer as a child, from which he has since fully recovered. Ryan decided to join the professional boxing ranks, and he is currently undefeated.
Ryan says it was a real honour to be asked to start the Frome Half Marathon. “I feel overwhelmed to be starting the race,” he said. “I try my best to help anyone who seeks advice to get fit, and urge everyone to sign up to one of the runs in Frome on 17 July.”
Music on the route
We’re delighted to be hosting two local bands along the route this year to keep runners going and to entertain the crowds. The Cley Hill Stompers will be situated at the Cornerhouse at the top of Bath Street – just as the runners head into the lovely downhill into town; while the Frome Street Bandits will be at the Vine Tree, just at the bottom of Badger’s Hill just before the finish line. Keep an ear out for them on the day!
King and Queen of the Mountain
For those of you wanting an extra challenge or motivation to get to the top of the hill, at mile 11 of the half marathon you will be timed by running over timing mats placed at the bottom and top of Egford Hill. The fastest male and female will be crowned King and Queen of the Mountain! This extra feature debuted last year and was such a huge success that we’re doing it again. See you at the top!
Frome Half Marathon is committed to fundraising for local charities. Proceeds from the event will go to Frome Activities and Sports Trust (FAST) – an initiative which we began a few years ago. It aims to provide a community resource for any charity or sports group within the town.