A new route and race village means Cheltenham’s Half Marathon is an odds-on favourite for runners. The race returns on Sunday 25 September, set in the heart of the spa town with a Regency heritage.
The highlight of this year’s road race is a brand new route based at the renowned Cheltenham Racecourse, starting outside the venue and finishing inside the newly renovated grounds. Runners will complete a single lap of the racecourse in the final stages of the race before crossing the line close to the village.
Pittville Park had been the location of the race village on three previous occasions, playing a central role in the event. The racecourse played a lesser role. However, this year the racecourse is the showcase for the half marathon, an ideal venue to accommodate the growth in size and popularity. Race organisers GO2 will move the event to this new location beforehand.
There will also be new charity partners for the main event and the Schools Challenge. Sue Ryder Hospice Care and Winston’s Wish are the beneficiaries along with The Cheltenham Trust who is the designated charity partner for the Schools Challenge. In addition to this, there is a company team challenge for employees.
Jamie Warren, head of marketing at GO2, said: “Cheltenham’s Half Marathon is growing at a fantastic rate and we are seeing more runners than ever taking inspiration from the town to embrace the event and get involved.”
Entries are now open at the event website.
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