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Superstar runners race home at Cheltenham Half

by Press Release
Monday 26th September 2016
 
 
Thousands of runners filled the streets of Cheltenham today, as the local half marathon returned for its fourth instalment through the heart of Cheltenham. Godiva Harriers runner Toby Spencer raced home to victory at the newly relocated start and finish line at Cheltenham Racecourse, with a time of 1 hour 7 minutes and 13 seconds, cheered on by a packed supporter stand inside the racecourse grounds. Annabel Granger crossed the line first in the women’s race, in 1 hour 20 minutes and 51 seconds.
 
In second place was Dave Roper from Cheltenham Harriers, in 1 hour 9 minutes and 53 seconds, followed by teammate Ben Price, in 1 hour 12 minutes and 19 seconds. Shona Crombie-Hicks took second place in the women’s race with a time of 1 hour 23 minutes and 49 seconds, and Chrissie Wellington in 1 hour 24 minutes and 30 seconds taking third place.
 
Jamie Warren, Event Spokesman, said: “After three fantastic years at Pittville Park, we were incredibly excited to bring the Race Village to the iconic grounds of Cheltenham Racecourse! The running community in Cheltenham never fails to impress, and this year we were able to offer our growing number of runners and spectators something really special.”

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The popular half marathon race also saw hundreds of incredible fundraisers take on the challenge for official charity partners Sue Ryder Hospice Care and Winston’s Wish, alongside those that chose to run for other charities represented by a cause close to their heart. Organisers were delighted with the turnout and the inspirational crowd support shown by Cheltenham residents, both inside the racecourse and out on the streets.
 
Matt Reay, Events Fundraiser, at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice said: “We're enjoyed a fantastic day supporting Team Incredible at the Cheltenham Half today. We had 90 of our fastest runners supporting Sue Ryder and the Leckhampton Court Hospice over the 13 miles. Thank you!”
 
In addition to the main race, over 1,400 primary school children from the local area ran their final mile as part of the Schools' Challenge, helping to raise money for local charity partner The Cheltenham Trust.
 
Due to traffic issues around the racecourse, the race start was held open until 9.45am to accommodate runners arriving late. Jamie Warren continued: “Despite extending the time that runners were able to start until 9:45, we recognise that there were some people who arrived at Cheltenham Racecourse but who were unable to start the race. Unfortunately, due to a strict schedule of road re-opening times and to ensure the safety of our runners, we were unable to keep the start open any longer. We would ask those affected to email details of their delay and race number to cheltenhamshalf@go2events.org.uk.”
 
If you’ve caught the running bug, or maybe you fancy taking on the challenge for the first time in 2017, pre-register now at www.cheltenhamhalf.co.uk to be the first to hear when entries open.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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