Falmouth’s streets will be filled with hundreds of runners on Sunday (March 17) as the town hosts a half marathon as part of the Spring Festival.

Now in its second year, Run Falmouth is organised by Cornwall Hospice Care and will be the fourth event in the Cornwall Glass and Glazing Grand Prix series of races, expecting to attract around 500 runners.

“We have been working closely with Falmouth Road Runners to create a running event which will be attractive to more serious runners,” said Rose Wiltshire, events fundraiser for Cornwall Hospice Care. “The 13.1 miles course is quite hilly to say the least, but the scenery along the route should help get them around.”

The event will start and finish on The Moor where there will be a runners’ village and entertainment laid on. The route will take runners past Pendennis Castle and Gyllyngvase, Swanpool and Maenporth beaches before heading inland to Mawnan Smith and Budock Water, through to Penryn and along the waterfront again, back to The Moor.

Once the runners have crossed the finish line they will be rewarded with a medal, pasty and a glass of bubbly.

“We are very grateful to the numerous local businesses that have offered their support in sponsorship of the event,” said Rose. “We hope that Run Falmouth will become one of THE races to take part in for people across the county and beyond.”

The half marathon, starting at 9.30am, is licensed with UK athletics, and is open to anyone over 18. Entry costs £13 in advance for affiliated club runners, and £15 to non affiliated runners. People can register on the day at The Packet Station from 7.30am, for an additional charge.

You can enter Run Falmouth online at www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk or call the fundraising office on 01726 66868 to request an application form.