A CREATIVE high school student’s impressive logo design will feature in a half marathon after winning a competition.

Harwich Half Marathon organisers and Harwich and Dovercourt High School teamed up to run a competition for students to create a logo for next year’s marathon, which is returning after nearly 30 years.

Cheyanne Smith, a Year Eight student, was crowned the winner on October 25, at Harwich and Dovercourt High School, in Dovercourt.

The youngster used her artistic skills to create an exceptional logo.

The design includes a silhouette of runners, with the Mayflower ship next to them in front of a sunset background.

The logo will feature on the T-shirts, medals and other memorabilia given to each runner who will enter the race.

Cheyanne’s creation was professionally edited by Russel Mowle, from Anything Print, to make it fit for all.

Her work will also be framed and put in the art department at her school.

Stephen Peck, race director and joint organiser from Harwich Runners, said: “It was a delight to be invited to run the logo competition at Harwich and Dovercourt High School and use the local talents to design our logo.

“I look forward to welcoming and hosting runners to Harwich next April and it will be a pleasure to see Cheyanne’s design feature so prominently on the day.”

Andy Fern, joint organiser from Harwich and Dovercourt Rotary Club, said: “We are expecting large numbers from the town and beyond to participate in the Mayflower 400 Harwich Half Marathon.

“While offering people an exciting and professional event, it will also provide fantastic opportunities to raise money for local charities and we welcome any organisations that would like to sponsor us to get in touch.”

The Mayflower 400 Harwich Half Marathon returns on Sunday, April 5, 2020, after a nearly 30-year absence from the Harwich race calendar.

Back in 1982, Sunday, April 4, saw the first Harwich Half Marathon, an event organised by the Harwich Round Table, which brought some 1,000 runners and many more spectators to the streets of Harwich and Dovercourt.

More than 80per cent of the runners were Harwich residents, many taking on their first ever 13.1-mile run.

Next year’s race will be run on closed roads covering much of the original route from 1982, taking in many of the historic sights of Harwich and Dovercourt.

Entries for the marathon are now open via the Harwich Runners’ website.

With the number of places limited, the race is expected to sell out, so booking spaces in advance is advised.

Harwich Runners will be building on the success of local running initiatives such as the Harwich Parkrun and the Couch-to-5k programme, to provide training support via a dedicated training guide.

Visit harwichrunners.co.uk/halfmarathon.