Support the UK's No1 Half Marathon
10th November 2016
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West London's biggest running event is right on your doorstep.

As an official not-for-profit Ealing Half Marathon Community Interest Company our aim is simply to organise and manage a fully road closed mass participation race to raise a surplus which is ploughed back into community projects. This year is our 6th event and we are proud to say we are not like other races and not a commercial organisation.   We are much more than one race once a year, we are here all year round but we are best known for creating the UK’s Number One award winning, Ealing Half Marathon for up to 8,000 runners.

We are very proud to have won gold at The Running Awards as the UK’s Number One Half Marathon three years in a row 2014, 2015 & 2016. 

We are also hugely honoured to have also been shortlisted at the BT Sports Industry Awards 2016 for our community work against giants such as Coca Cola and Everton FC.

In our commitment to providing sport and fitness for all, we engage in year round community activities such as: 

  •  Ealing Half Marathon, Osterley Park 10k series, The Mile Series, Beginner Groups, Health Walks, Children’s clubs & coaching
  •  Presenting to 3,000 children in primary schools to promote physical activity such as Junior parkrun and the Ealing Mini Mile
  •  Running clubs at schools – Helped set up and coached Montpelier Primary School in Ealing
  •  Training ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) to improve activity at Acton College
  •  Setup local running groups & train leaders – Southall Running and Fitness established in 2014. Leaders created from participants and trained as Leaders in Running Fitness (LiRF)
  •  Setup health walks at Osterley Park in West London and coach children at Queens Park Harriers
  •  Event Direct at junior parkrun & volunteer at parkrun

We create running and fitness groups for all abilities. We visit schools to help tackle childhood obesity. We proactively encourage everyone to visit their free local parkrun or junior parkrun. Most races of our size are run by large commercial organisations that appear just once a year. We are a real community race with the professional touch and do all of this without the funding needed. 

All the work we do is carried out by just two full time staff and then on the event weekend we recruit and use approx 700 volunteers. 

To give you an insight into our even there are a few highlights for us so far:

  • Voted UK’s Best Half Marathon and triple Gold Winner at The Running Awards 2014, 2015 & 2016.
  • Voted in the Top Ten UK Half Marathons by Runner’s World in our inaugural year
  • Highly rated in the running/fitness community – 95% of runners would do it again (as rated on Runner’s World)
  • 2016 event attracted approx. 7,000 runners for the main event. This year we expect up to 7,500 registrants plus 400 in the Ealing Mini Mile for children aged 6-16 which sold out in just 6 days.
  • Raised over £1,000,000 for various charities so far
  • Worked with three major Headline Charities for 2016 - Alzheimer's Society, Cancer Research UK & CLIC Sargent
  • Adding 6 Associated Local Charities to our 2017 structure

Our ever increasing potential reach at the moment is:

  • Email database of previous entrants and supporters, approx. 21,000+ fit and motivated people will receive regular emails about the event via Mailchimp (we can use this to send promotions and special offers and track responses and click through rates)
  • Press – Media partnership with Ealing Gazette (approx. 35,000 circulation)
  • Social media- Advertising to local businesses, community groups, causes and individuals, in particular via Twitter (5,382) and Facebook (7,607) with approx. 199,257 potential reach (based on our latest Facebook statistics).

The race brings thousands of spectators out on the course on the day, it's a sight to behold. Churches are our water stations, streets have parties, steel bands come out to play, the Gurdwara come out in force, Nepalese drummers are on the route, it's a real vision of the community coming together. 

For a wide reaching active Community Campaign with corporate & social responsibility targets, Ealing Half Marathon CIC is the perfect solution. For companies who want to help the community through a powerful message such as health and well being, you can't make a better choice than Ealing Half Marathon. Choosing the award winning 'Half with a Heart' that created the #EalingFeeling would be a great choice for any company. Anyone that has been involved with us has stayed for years as the benefits are realised by them.

If you are interested in supporting our event, please email now to find out how you can help.

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Ealing Half Marathon CIC

Member since: 17th June 2013

The UK's Number One award winning Ealing Half Marathon takes place annually on the last Sunday in September in Ealing, West London.

The idea of bringing a half marathon to the London Borough of Ealing...

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