A DYNAMIC duo will be ensuring this year’s Swindon Half-Marathon runs smoothly.

Race directors Pete Robinson and Steve Connolly will be overseeing the event. They will be bringing over a decade of experience having been involved with the half-marathon since it started in 2004.

They’ve seen various groups organise the event, which will be taking place on October 11, with this year’s festivities being planned by the Seqol Charity.

Pete said: “We have really enjoyed being involved in the half-marathon and we were delighted to be asked again this time around. Our responsibilities include laying out the course, marshalling and making sure the runners leave on time and return safely.”

The event will have four races beginning in Pipers Way – the half-marathon, a five-mile multi-terrain run, a two-mile fun run and a wheelchair race.

The Seqol Charity, which supports a variety of local causes, is a strand of the Seqol health group. It stepped in to oversee the half-marathon when the British Heart Foundation withdrew from organising it in February.

Pete is delighted the half-marathon will still take place this year and has praised the organisations which have fought to ensure it still takes place. He said: “It was quite an anxious time a little earlier in the year, but I’m glad something positive has come from it. Hopefully the Swindon Half-Marathon will go from strength to strength.

“We’d be delighted to welcome volunteers of all levels of experience to come forward and help out on the day.”

Registration is now open for runners wishing to take part.

Pete said: “I’d say to anyone that they should come down and give it a go as it is all about personal achievement, no matter where you finish. There’s usually a great community atmosphere down there and I’m sure that will be the same this year.”

Registration fees will go towards the event’s running costs – estimated to be £50,000 – with runners encouraged to fundraise for good causes such as the Seqol Charity.

Michelle Howard, Seqol Charity chairman, said: “The preparations are going very well. This is the first time that we have done anything of this level and it is surprising how quickly you become an expert in certain areas.

“We hope it is going to be a great day and we’d absolutely love to see as many Swindonians as possible taking part.”

Anyone looking to sponsor the event can email communications@seqol.org. Those looking to take part or volunteer can visit www.swindonhalfmarathon.org.uk for more details.