New half marathon for Cheltenham runners
RUNNERS are being set a new challenge with a half marathon in Cheltenham.
National sports event company GO2 is bringing the event to the town in September.
It aims to treat runners to a route through the heart of the Regency town.
The race organisers are working with Cheltenham Borough Council to create the road race.
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Two years ago, a similar race around the town took place but had to be scrapped last year because of strict new health and safety rules.
Organisers hope the new race will become an annual fixture, and organisers have marked September 15 as a possible date for the run.
Amy Budd, marketing manager for GO2, said: "This is a road race with ambition.
"Cheltenham has so much to offer runners that we expect this to become the next big half marathon in the South West.
"Cheltenham hasn't been used to its full potential before, but this new half marathon will give runners room to run, Regency splendour and bags of Cotswold charm."
Although a route has not been finalised, suggestions have already been put forward.
The single lap race would start in Pittville Park, going past the Pittville Pump Room. Runners will then be directed south along the Promenade and into Montpellier.
The route then loops back through the centre of Cheltenham, before heading out along Prestbury Road.
Passing Cheltenham Racecourse, runners then finish at Pittville Park.
Ms Budd added: "For locals, it's a chance to run free of traffic through Cheltenham's centre and for visitors it's a dream introduction to this lovely Regency town.
"It's basically a sightseeing tour that opens the streets to runners."
Councillor Rowena Hay, cabinet member for sport and culture, said: "We welcome the event which will help keep people fit, healthy and active, and will also be good for promoting the town.
"However, we are still in discussion with the organisers over finalising the route and the date."
Runners can pre-register at http://cheltenhamhalf.co.uk.