Quotes from the competitors

"We want to thank everyone who voted and everyone who supports the event.""

"We are a community event and take pride in providing something for everyone, whether it's the challenge of a Half Marathon or Walking Half Marathon, or the 5K and Fun Run for those just getting started. We hope that this award attracts more runners to St Albans and assists the St Albans Half Marathon in raising even more funds for local charities and organizations. This award has completely blown us away. Our community event is growing in popularity, and we can't wait to celebrate with all of our runners on Sunday, June 11th!" The event, which is now in its 36th year, was founded in 1982 by local businessman Phil Gibson, who wanted to raise funds for a hospital scanner after his mother died of breast cancer. The first race, known as the Mini Marathon, was open to runners, joggers, and walkers. It drew 1,300 competitors, each of whom paid a £1.00 entry fee and received a certificate upon completion. Alan Woollaston sat on the gantry above the finish line, speaking the numbers of the finishers into a tape recorder, then working late into the evening with his son to feed them into the computer. The event was deemed a resounding success. It was billed as the largest charity event ever held in St Albans. It was hoped that the event would become an annual one. Phil Gibson now competes in the race every year, wearing race number 1.

Our local community event, has won silver in prestigious Running Awards!

St Albans Half Marathon wins silver at The Running Awards!

The Running Awards are a nationally recognized annual event that celebrates the running community by awarding categories such as Best Blogger, Best Tech, Best Shoe, Best Marathon, and, of course, Best Charity. After being nominated at the end of last year, St Albans Half Marathon was shortlisted in the Top 12 for Small Half Marathons. The awards are decided by runners, and there was stiff competition! Katie Foweraker, Race Director, attended the Indigo2 Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 20th, sitting alongside industry professionals such as Adidas and Nike, as well as role models such as Dame Kelly Holmes! She was ecstatic when the St Albans Half Marathon won Silver for Best Half Marathon (5000 participants)!

Rennie Grove Hospice Care is this year's Community Chosen Charity Poll winner.

Rennie Grove Hospice Care provides care and support to patients and families affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. Every year, thousands of local patients and families are cared for by our 24/7 Hospice at Home service, Family Support services, and a variety of Day Services at Grove House in St Albans, giving them the option to stay at home surrounded by their families and friends. Our 24/7 responsive hospice at home service is unique in the area, providing first-rate care and peace of mind to patients and families who wish to remain at home together. Our Day Services at Grove House provide therapeutic care to patients beginning with diagnosis. Our skilled staff can offer advice, practical assistance, and coping strategies through specialist assessments, empowering patients to improve their quality of life. To keep patients well and comfortable, and to provide a support network for families, all services are provided in a safe, supportive, and social environment.

How will the proceeds from the event be spent?

The Rennie Grove service is located in the heart of the community, with care provided in patients' homes or at Grove House in St Albans.

All of our services are provided at no cost to our patients or families, but Rennie Grove requires £7.2 million in funding each year to continue caring. With only about 15% coming from the NHS, we rely heavily on the local community and fundraising events like the St Albans Half Marathon to make up the difference.