Dom James sets the tempo in Cheltenham
Space for all at Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham's Half Marathon had just over 2,000 finishers, with another 300+ completing the supporting 10K race on a closed road course designed to show off the splendours of this beautiful Regency town, full of Cotswold charm.
Based at the iconic Cheltenham Racecourse there is plenty of space for everyone, which is just what is needed as the event has grown exponentially over its seven-year existence.
The start and finish were at the Racecourse and course highlights included passing historic Cheltenham Town Hall, Montpellier, and Landsdown before joining the old Honeybourne Line towards Pittville Park and famous Pittville Pump Rooms before a final gallop around the Racecourse to the finish.
Cheltenham's Half Marathon had 2,007 official finishers in 3:50:04 and the top three men were Dom James (Western Tempo, 1:08:14), Ben Price (M40 Western Tempo, 1:10:12) and Ben Neale (Tavistock Run Project, 1:10:55).
The women's race was won by Jessica Saunders (Belgrave, 1:21:29) from Rachel Owen (Lonely Goat, 1:22:46 PB) and Ellen McLeod (Sheffield, 1:23:00).
The 10K course was based on the first and last three miles of the half marathon and was enjoyed by 311 finishers in 2:03:59. Up front, the pace was being set by John Hobbs (Valley Striders, 34:00), Alex Hamblin (Westbury, 34:33 PB) and Gary Payne (36:06).
The women's race was very close with Yvonne Neubauer (45:25) three seconds clear of Merilin Sikk (45:28) and Ellie Smithers (45:43) was third.
Full results can be studied at runABC South's race listing here
Race details and entry for Cheltenham's Marathon on 4th September 2022 are available here
Image courtesy Cheltenham's Half Marathon on Facebook