Race has new route and date
MORE than 3,000 runners are expected to pound through Exeter's streets when next year's Great West Run returns to the city centre.
And the announcement has been welcomed by business leaders in the city.
The race, now in its 28th year, will move from its usual May date to Sunday, October 13, in 2013.
With this new date comes a new course for both runners and spectators, as the half marathon returns to its Exeter city centre origins.
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Amy Budd, marketing manager for new race organiser GO2, said: "The Great West Run is a highlight in the South West racing calendar.
"We are expecting over 3,000 entries for this great event and look forward to creating a community experience for both runners and supporters alike."
Following feedback from runners and in collaboration with Exeter City Council, the course will take a new route, bringing the half marathon to the heart of Exeter in one single lap.
Maintaining the popular spectator points, the new route is expected to ensure a massive turnout by spectators as well as runners, race volunteers, local businesses and charity partners.
John Harvey, Exeter city centre manager, said the event was an excellent advert for the city.
He said: "We are excited to be welcoming The Great West Run into Exeter city centre.
"This will be a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the success of all who are taking part."
Peter Ferlie, owner of Ironbridge Runner and former race organiser, said: "I am delighted to be handing over the baton to the GO2 team, after 20 years.
"It is wonderful to see The Great West Run evolve and take on renewed investment. I am also excited to continue my involvement in the race with Ironbridge Runner, who will remain the Great West Run's sports retail partner."
Registrations for The Great West Run are now open at www.thegreatwestrun.co.uk and further information about the run will be released in the coming months.