Marathon ace Amy Hughes takes on key role for Oswestry race

Reporter:

Lucy Wain

The woman who ran 53 marathons in 53 days is to be an ambassador for Oswestry Half Marathon.

Amy Hughes, from West Felton, hit the headlines when she ran 53 marathons in 53 different towns and cities across the UK.

Clive Knowles, owner of the British Ironwork Centre where the race begins and ends, said Amy jumped at the chance to be an ambassador.

“It’s very exciting for us to have someone who has achieved such great things to be an ambassador for the Oswestry Half Marathon. We are thrilled to have her on board,” said Clive.

The half marathon – which takes place on April 30 – has been such a hit that all 1,000 places have already been filled.

“With Amy being such an old hand at marathons, we’ve asked her to do the official pre-race warm-up,” said Clive.

“She has the responsibility to get everyone ready for the race and get all the runners motivated, which I’m sure she’ll do a good job of.”

Amy will be helped by some pre-race motivational music, and there are other special features at the starting line – a 15ft gold gorilla will be standing tall, as well as miniature versions around the track, Porthywaen Silver Band will play Chariots of Fire as the race begins and a three-cannon salute will start the race with a bang.

Amy will also be handing out unique gorilla medals at the finishing line.

“I’m really looking forward to runners receiving their medals,” said Clive.

“So much time and effort has been put into making them. They will be in black presentation boxes to make them even more special and we’re very proud to hand these out.”

For anyone still wanting to enter, Team Hope House has spaces available. Details are available at www.hopehouse.org.uk/events

Oswestry Half Marathon still needs volunteers and stewards to help on the day of the race.

Anybody interested in helping out, or if any businesses would like to become a sponsor, is asked to call 01691 610952 and ask for Clive or Sarah.

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