We are announcing a special trophy for the best placed Father/Child twosome and also the best placed Mother/Child twosome in the two events (the half marathon and the full marathon). The lowest combined results of a parent-and-child pairing will win a special trophy. So, for example, parent finishes 58th, while the son or daughter finishes 30th, then the ‘team’ gets 88 points. If they are the lowest point score, then they win. We realise that the child may enter with a different surname to the parent (e.g. due to marriage etc), therefore the race registration team will need to know the details of the two family members such that the connection can be made in the race results service. The parent and child must be in the same race to compete for the trophy (I’m afraid that we can’t have one in the Marathon and one in the Half Marathon), and of course the “child” must be over 18 years of age to run. There is no additional entry fee for this competition; it is just a bit of fun (or maybe not – let’s see how competitive it becomes!).
The name of the trophy will be announced shortly. It will be a nice keepsake that will be awarded to the winning pair in each category at the Awards Ceremony at the end of both races.
I hope that this is a successful and popular initiative.