About this project
The first Ealing Half Marathon took place in September 2012 after nearly two years of planning. The idea first came about in January 2011 with some members of a local running club. Some 4,500 runners signed up to our “little race” in the first year. Thankfully, the race has been embraced by the wider community and we hope it will be here for many years to come.
The road-closed event in west London brings Ealing alive on the last Sunday of September. This year the race is expecting 7,000 entrants, watched by 25,000+ spectators and supported by 700 volunteers. There will also be a separate mini mile race involving 1,500 children.
NOT FOR PROFIT
Ealing Half Marathon is organised by a Community Interest Company, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to benefit the wider community rather than individual shareholders. It offers beginners’ running groups, presentations to schools and monthly timed mile races. It also assists at local parkruns – free timed 5k runs held every Saturday - and was heavily involved in bringing a junior parkrun ( a 2k run for four-to-14-year-olds) to Ealing in Pitshanger.
As the race grows we are really keen to build on our community work, whether that be training more people to lead running groups, visiting more schools or assisting with junior coaching. We want the events held under the Ealing Half Marathon banner to inspire people to become active. We have made a start on that but we have more to do.
The Ealing Half team’s dream is to have a base in central Ealing to act as a sporting educational centre. Having children come to us to learn about the benefits of sport and its role in society is a key aim of ours. We have had discussions with some interested parties but nothing concrete yet. However, we’re always keen to hear from people with ideas on how to make this a reality.
HOW CAN EALING HELP?
We would love more local businesses to be involved in the race. A wide range of sponsorship opportunities are available, all of which can help the team deliver a great race and build on the community engagement that’s already made quite an impact.
The race also depends on an army of volunteers and we’re always keen to see more local people taking part for the first time. All volunteers get a free place in the following year’s race and we hope plenty of people who give a little time this year will be inspired to take on the 13.1 miles next time around.
How you can help
Voted the Number One Half Marathon in the UK 2014 at The Running Awards.BE A VOLUNTEER
You don’t have to be a runner to enjoy Ealing’s biggest event of the year. Last year, hundreds of volunteers got involved and had a great time making Ealing’s Half Marathon such a wonderful success for the runners and spectators alike resulting in us winning the accolade of the Number One Best Half Marathon 2014, 2015 & 2016 at The Running Awards.
This year we’ll be putting together an even bigger volunteer team, looking after the race village in Lammas Park, and out on the roads of Ealing guiding the runners and helping local residents. It’s a fun & rewarding experience for all and we’d love you to get involved! You will need to be able to give between 4 to 6 hours on the day depending on where you are volunteering. The required start time for most volunteer areas will be 07:30am to allow for all the logistics on the day.
As a thank you for creating such a great race we’ll provide you with a free breakfast roll and memento medal of the day for you to keep plus a FREE race place for 2018*.
This popular event was an instant success, and West London’s largest mass participation event:
2016 event attracted over 7,000 sign ups for the main event.
Raised over £1,000,000 so far for various charities and intend to increase this year on year.
Voted the Number One Half Marathon in the UK 2016 at The Running Awards.
Voted the Number One Half Marathon in the UK 2015 at The Running Awards.
Voted the Number One Half Marathon in the UK 2014 at The Running Awards.
Voted the Number One race for atmosphere in 2013 by Runner’s World Magazine.
Voted in the Top Ten UK Half Marathons by Runner’s World Magazine in our inaugural year.
Highly rated in the running/fitness community – 97% of runners would do it again as rated on Runners World.
There are a large number of roles available on race-day:
Water station teams
Baggage & race village co-ordinators
Volunteering is a great opportunity to feel part of the event and meet new like-minded people.
If you could spare 4-6 hours on race day, 23rd or 24th September 2017, then please complete the Volunteer Form on our website (http://www.ealinghalfmarathon.com/volunteer/) and one of the team will be in touch.
We’re also really keen to hear from Community Groups, Clubs & Charities who can organise a team of volunteers.