REGULAR runners of Basingstoke’s annual half marathon are being invited to get in touch to help celebrate the event’s 10th birthday.

Organiser Destination Basingstoke is promising to give a mystery reward to those who have participated every year since 2011.

Felicity Edwards, managing director, said: “We are so proud that the event has earned such affection in the local running community.

“We want to recognise and show our gratitude to all those that have got involved every year since 2011, both runners and our wonderful volunteers.”

This year’s half marathon will take place on Sunday, October 4.

Runners that have run each year since 2011 and intend to again in 2020, should email with a photo of themselves in one of their collection of race t-shirts by end of February to make sure they are part of the celebrations and to receive their special reward.

Howard Gardener, director at Phillips Solicitors who sponsor the event, said: “I am proud to be one of the exclusive group that have run and occasionally walked the Basingstoke half marathon every year and love the idea of getting all ‘ever present’ runners together, the race has always been embraced by the whole community and reaching 10 years is certainly a milestone worth marking, and I’m especially proud that Phillips Solicitors have been involved right from the start.”

The Basingstoke Half Marathon and 10k is organised by Destination Basingstoke and it forms part of their on - going strategy to create self-funding events and projects that actively demonstrate quality of life and business in the Basingstoke area.

Destination Basingstoke is an independent not for profit company working with businesses and other partners to promote Basingstoke as a great place to live, work, visit and do business. Destination Basingstoke aims to give the area the clear, positive, national profile it deserves as a vibrant, ambitious location achieved through a range of projects and events.

For more information contact Felicity Edwards Race Director and Managing Director at Destination Basingstoke 07921765354 or 01256 338415