With three months remaining until the Cheltenham’s Half Marathon race date, over 3,000 have already signed up promising a record field for 2015. The attractive September date, Cheltenham's Regency splendour and the high standards associated with race organisers GO2 provide the perfect autumn event package.
Jamie Warren at GO2, said: "We have seen Cheltenham’s Half Marathon grow remarkably year on year, and with 1,000 of these runners signing up within the first 24 hours of entries opening, 2015 is on course to be another record breaking year for the town’s award-winning event!
“With such a growing appetite for running in the Cheltenham and wider Gloucestershire area, we would encourage all those thinking about taking part in the September event to set the date. Now is the perfect time to join in and set yourself the challenge of Cheltenham’s Half Marathon!”
Runners can look forward to a fantastic route which takes them along Cheltenham's broad, leafy avenues and captivating scenery. The course combines the unique quality of an historic town with bags of Cotswold charm! The 13.1 mile journey will start and finish next to Pittville Park, taking in the sights of the tree-lined Promenade towards Montpellier, and the broad, flat streets of Lansdown Road.
The big field lining up on Sunday 27 September will include Ian Brown, an inspirational 48-year-old father of five from Gloucester, who is raising money for Cancer Research UK – a charity that is very close to him.
Ian's life changed dramatically last June when the results of various tests and scans revealed that he had a very rare combination of cancers, with the primary tumour being located within his right lung and secondary tumours that had tracked his lymphatic system. This rare combination meant that Ian struggled to find a specialist that was prepared to undertake the high risk procedure that his condition required.
Eventually, in September last year, a surgeon in Bristol attempted the procedure. This involved Ian having his right lung removed along with 21 lymph nodes. Ian responded well to the treatment and returned to work just five weeks after the operation. He explained: “I was determined to do this for my own sanity in order to restore some form of normality into life”.
In January of this year, Ian decided he wanted to give something back to Cancer Research UK to help them continue their fight against the disease by setting out to complete a 5K run. With a target of £500, on 17 May Ian ran his 5K raising over £2000 together with his wife, friends and three older sons. As his fight continues with CT scans every three months, Ian deserves all the support he can get. He said: “Our aim is to raise £5000 by taking part in Cheltenham’s Half Marathon, and we are currently at £3,870. Our team is called 'Living The Dream' as every day, that is what I think when I wake up”.
Support Ian at the Just Giving website.
More race details at the event website.