Sunday’s (18 June) Cheltenham Challenge saw one lady earn the nickname ‘the hosepipe heroine’ as she sought to help runners stay cool in sweltering conditions. Di used a hose to keep participants cool in the last three miles of the 10k and half marathon events.
The organisers were made aware of Di's efforts and presented her with a bunch of flowers and a medal in recognition of her thoughtful action and as an honorary ‘Cheltenham Challenger’ (pictured above). She has offered to set up a sprinkler system for runners at next year’s event.
Double the amount of water was ordered for the event following a heat risk assessment and a forecast of nearly 30°C. In addition, there was advice about hydration before the event and the inclusion of an extra water station on the day.
There were over 1700 runners in the soldout Cheltenham Challenge 5K, 10K and Half Marathon, organised by Cheltenham Community Projects (CCP). Participants started and finished at the Racecourse, following an off-road, hilly course with stunning views of the Malverns and Cotswold countryside.
Stephen Price of UKnetrunner.co.UK won the half marathon in 1:35:55 with Asia Zmyslona clinching the women’s title in 1:40:04. Simon Gill was first across the line in the 10K, finishing in 45:11, and Lauren Cooper was the fastest female (51:10).
In the 5K Fun Run, Jack Sheen (junior) claimed victory in 22:06 with Charlotte Broadhurst (child) the fastest girl in 24:37.
Feedback for the event has been overwhelmingly positive with many runners mentioning the ‘hose lady’. Other noteworthy aspects included ample signage, supportive marshals and plenty of water, thanks to TG Residential – Sales, Lettings and Management.