Running With A Smile In Gloucestershire

The inspirational Cotswolds landscape is the backdrop to a flourishing running scene in the towns and villages of one of England’s most beautiful counties.

Cheltenham Gloucestershire

The sporting landscape in Gloucestershire is dominated by the world-famous Cheltenham race course, successful professional cricket and rugby clubs and a quirky cheese rolling race each May. The latter of which makes international headlines as the height of British eccentricity.

But it has also a vibrant running scene with the gorgeous Cotswold towns characterising some of the most stunning off-road and road running routes available in England. Coupled with the type of quirkiness that sees hundreds chasing a round of cheese down a steep hill, the county hosts several themed races throughout the year that attract runners from far and wide.

These include the Stroud Beer Run, a 7.2mile road run that promises the top 100 a beer at the finish and the Cranham Beast a weekend of trail running in a traditional West Country carnival atmosphere.

There’s lots of fun in the Gloucestershire running scene but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its serious side. Cheltenham-born Dan Robinson was – for several years – Britain’s leading male marathon runner. He represented Team GB at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games finishing 23rd and 24th respectively in Athens and Beijing. In between, he won bronze at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and was 11th at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka.

Gloucester-born Vicky Holland represented Team GB in the triathlon at the 2012 London Olympic Games and won bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. In terms of cult heroes, none come any bigger than the incredible Steve Edwards. The Moreton in Marsh runner is possibly the planet’s most prolific marathon runner with a stack of records including over 600 sub 3:30 marathons under his belt. At this October’s Bournemouth Marathon Festival, he is scheduled to complete his 700th official marathon.

There is also a healthy club scene with over a dozen well-attended clubs speckled across Gloucester. With five regular parkruns also taking place on a weekly basis in the county, there is no shortage of event opportunities.

In Cheltenham’s Half Marathon, Gloucestershire has a real focal point for the county’s runners. The race had nearly 2,000 entrants in 2013, nearly 3,000 in 2014 and a sharp rise was expected again for this year’s event in September. And there’s more good news with the arrival in 2016 of a new Gloucester City Marathon billed as a scenic race on closed roads. Gloucestershire has a running scene to make you smile, but it’s not all cheesy.

 

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