Runners thinking about Cheltenham Half Marathon should note that entries for the event, scheduled for Sunday 27 September, close at midnight Tuesday 1 September. The half marathon, sponsored by Whole Foods Market, is set to showcase the very best of the town, with the route incorporating the famous local racecourse.
Known for its tree-lined avenues and great vistas, the course will start and finish next to Pittville Park, taking in the tree-lined Promenade towards Montpellier, and the broad, flat streets of Lansdown Road.
Last year’s race attracted almost 3000 runners with Cheltenham and County Harriers’ David Roper taking first place in 1:09:25. Graham Rush grabbed second (1:10:36) with David Bell in third place (1:12:02). It was a Bristol and West top two in the ladies competition with Lucy Macalister first to cross the finish line (1:18:35) and Annabel Granger following (1:20:32).
Jamie Warren at GO2 commented on the upcoming event: "We often see a peak in interest during the lead up to entries closing, as many people often have the date earmarked as a target. To avoid any disappointment, we would urge all those interested in the race to sign up ahead of the 1 September deadline, particularly as this year’s event has seen a phenomenal growth in interest, and there is every possibility of selling out before.
“Runners can still commit to charity spaces after this date, however we cannot accept any more standard or club entries."
More information on the race is available here.