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New half marathon to be held in Cheltenham

Posted on 11th March 2013

Fans of running who enjoy staying in holiday cottages in the Forest of Dean could soon find themselves taking part in one of the biggest races in the area after it was announced that a new half marathon will take place in Cheltenham this year.

 Pittville Park pump room

As one of the most beautiful cities in the UK, thousands of runners are sure to submit entries for the Cheltenham half marathon to face the challenge along a route that is sure to make the 13 miles feel a little less difficult.

GO2, a national sports events company, confirmed the details of the half marathon this week, and runners will have a number of months to prepare for the race which will take place on Sunday 15 September this year. If successful, GO2 have announced that they hope to make the half marathon a permanent fixture in Cheltenham’s calendar, an event that is sure to attract as many spectators as there will be runners.

Preliminary plans for the picturesque route look very promising; runners will be led past some of Cheltenham’s most beautiful and iconic features. The race will start and end in Pittville Park and competitors will then run past the Grade 1 listed Pump Room and through the Promenade and Montpellier, before looping back through the centre of Cheltenham and through Cheltenham Racecourse. Runners will then cross the line at Pittville Park to be welcomed by cheering friends, family and spectators.

Amy Budd, marketing manager for GO2, has described the half marathon as “a sightseeing tour that opens the streets to runners” and is a great way for fans of running to see the Regency town like never before.

Between now and September 2013, the keenest runners will have plenty of time to enjoy Forest of Dean cottage holidays and combine a stay in one of the most beautiful parts of England with training for the Cheltenham half marathon.

Image Credit: Image Credit: chillihead (flickr.com)