Record numbers expected for Cheltenham Half Marathon
A record number of runners are expected to take part in the sixth Cheltenham Half Marathon next month. With a brand new title sponsor, Still Moving Media, plus impressive race village facilities at Cheltenham Racecourse, the event on Sunday 30 September is set to attract 5,000 runners to the popular Regency spa resort town at the western gateway to the Cotswolds.
Still Moving Cheltenham's Half Marathon is a traditional, one lap 13.1 mile road race on a course designed to showcase the Cotswold charm and Regency splendour of the host town. Naturally the course includes a closing gallop round the racecourse itself. The events programme includes a Community Mile, which starts just after the main race at 9:10am.
Last year's winners were Ben Price (Cheltenham & County Harriers, 1:10:35) and Rachel Felton (Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, 1:18:56) and more than 100 runners were inside 90 minutes indicating PB potential in the course, despite the many twists and turns. There were 3,101 finishers in 3:47:14.
Still Moving Media are an experienced team of photographers and cinematographers based in Cheltenham, established more than 10 years ago. They will be providing unrivalled media support for the event.
Founder of Still Moving Media, Spencer McPherson, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Cheltenham’s Half Marathon as title sponsor. We are very excited to be bringing together all our expertise to help put this event on the map as one of the most loved half marathons in the UK. We wish those taking part in Cheltenham’s Half Marathon every success.”
The organisers, event management company Runjoy Ltd, headed by double Olympic gold medallist rower James Cracknell OBE, were motivated to launch the company after learning about the impact of exercise on the health of a community.
James said: “Running is a big part of my life – the physical and emotional benefits of getting out in the fresh air and moving our bodies have been proven time and again.
'With the NHS under so much pressure, Runjoy want to do what we can to help individuals, but also our great country. We are immensely proud to be delivering Cheltenham’s Half again in 2018 and we can’t wait to do our bit to get the community active come 30 September.”
Entries close on 3 September and cost £35/£37 unaffiliated. Full details are at the race website.
Images courtesy Still Moving Cheltenham's Half Marathon