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Monklands Half Marathon
Participating in the Monklands Half Marathon
Monklands Half Marathon is one of the most promising marathons which are attended by a large number of runners. People’s active participation made it one of the most enjoyable events of the year. The sponsors and volunteers active participation made it a grand success followed by the cooperation of cheer leaders and the participants themselves.
Monklands Half Marathon was held on May17, 2009 and drew a great applause from all the participants. The event started at around 10.30am. The marathon included two events one was the 5K run for adults and the other was 1K fun - run for children who are basically in their primary school. Both the start and finish area of the race was located within Drumpellier Country Park in Coatbridge. The highlighting feature is that around 70 people took part in the North Lanarkshire Leisure’s 5K while as many as 150 children from class five, six and seven enthusiastically participated in the 1K fun run. People turned out in large numbers in the events thus making it a great success.
Sponsors and Preparation of the Marathon
The event was jointly sponsored by Monklands Sports Council, North Lanarkshire Leisure Ltd (NLL) and North Lanarkshire Council’s environmental services department. Full preparations were on for quite some time and the organisers made it clear to provide soft drinks and water bottles to all those who were taking part in the race. Over 90 runners participated in the race. The small field which embarked on the half marathon course had one small lap and two loops.
Volunteer support was provided by the Monklands Sports Council, St Andrew’s Ambulance Association and the 2nd Coatbridge Scout Group. An added feature of the race was that electronic chip timing were used which gave more accurate finishing timings to all the runners.
Stretch of the Race
The stretch of the race included A89 Glasgow Road, the A752 Gartcosh Road, Townhead Road and Blair Road.The race provided a great event to the runners who were also able to enjoy the great scenic beauties running across the country parks and local houses.
The highlighting part of the race is that all those who finish the race were presented a T shirt as well as a race memento. This was offered to all age groups. Apart from drinking water at various drinking stations installed, fresh fruit was also supplied by Forsyth Produce Direct. Water stations were located within the park and also at the roundabout of Drumpellier Lawns housing development.