Olympian hands half marathon to new team

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

STRICTLY Come Dancing star James Crack­nell has handed over the Chel­tenham Half Marathon to new or­gan­is­ers.

The for­mer ath­lete and dou­ble Olympic gold medal­list, 47, founded Run­joy’s South West Run Se­ries. It was only in 2017 that the cham­pion rower be­came the new event or­gan­iser, with busi­ness part­ner Char­lie Beauchamp.

The South West Run Se­ries events, which also take place in Ex­eter and We­ston Su­per Mare, will all now be run and man­aged by WMP Creative.

Mr Crack­nell, OBE, said about the half marathon: “I truly be­lieve that events like this can help make so­ci­eties health­ier and hap­pier places. Get­ting peo­ple out and about, be­ing ac­tive, and en­gag­ing in a fun event all to­gether is what it is about and I’m sure the WMP Sports team will do a bril­liant job in do­ing just that in Ex­eter, Chel­tenham and We­ston-su­per-mare.”

Ru­pert Mar­tin, head of events at WMP Creative, has promised to make the events “big­ger, bet­ter and more en­gag­ing” with the “ad­di­tion of the shorter, more ac­ces­si­ble dis­tances on the day be­fore”.

The Still Mov­ing Chel­tenham’s Half sees over 4,500 par­tic­i­pants take over Chel­tenham in the half marathon and com­mu­nity mile events.

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