Sue Ryder is encouraging people to sign up for Run Cheltenham

Lace up your trainers and raise vital funds for Gloucestershire's only in-patient palliative care unit by running one mile, 10 kilometres or a half marathon for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

By Annabel Lammas  |  Published
Runner completing the Cheltenham half marathon for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice
Runners can choose to take on one mile, 10k or the Cheltenham half marathon in aid of Sue Ryder this September 2022.

Go the extra mile for Gloucestershire's only in-patient palliative care unit and take on this year's Run Cheltenham challenge, running one mile, 10k or a half marathon for Sue Ryder this September 2022.

From regular runners to complete beginners, participants can get their heart rates up by running one of the three distances — with Sue Ryder encouraging local people to sign up as a charity entry and fundraise for Leckhampton Court Hospice at this year's event.

Racing into town on Sunday 4 September 2022, Run Cheltenham offers courses for runners of all ages and abilities, with the option to sign up for the full half marathon, taking in the Regency town centre; 10 kilometres; or the community mile around Pittville Park, which is ideal for first-timers or families.

As the event's official charity partner, Run Cheltenham is a massive deal for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

Last year's event proved a huge fundraiser for the charity, with a whopping £55,000 raised, enabling Sue Ryder to continue providing expert care and support to families going through the most difficult time in their lives.

One rookie runner who has picked Run Cheltenham for her first ever half marathon is Rhiannon Wardle, a 26-year-old NHS procurement manager from Bishop's Cleeve.

Wardle is running in memory of her dad, who passed away from leukemia in August 2021, and received palliative care at home from Sue Ryder's compassionate nurses.

Rhiannon Wardle with her dad, who received hospice care at home from Sue Ryder's expert nurses.

Wardle said: 'My mum had been caring for dad for nearly two years so in the final month of his life, as well as them being there for dad, they were a great support to my mum as well. They were there every day. It was someone to talk to.

'My dad didn’t want a funeral, so a couple of months later, I signed up for a charity 5K. I thought if I did something to raise money for charity, that could only be a good thing. During lockdown, I also did couch to 5K, and I have done some sporadic running since, but that is pretty much it. I wouldn’t consider myself a runner at all,' she continued.

But after seeing Sue Ryder advertising places for Run Cheltenham in January 2022, Wardle decided to push herself further and sign up to do the half marathon.

To stay on track, she's following a 12-week training programme that the hospice's fundraising team gave her when she signed up — and has ambitions to push her fundraising total to £500.

This sum could help to fund 24 hours of Sue Ryder's care, allowing someone to spend their final days at home surrounded by their family in a comfortable environment.

For those keen to hit the ground running, Sue Ryder's charity places cost 50 per cent less than the standard entry fees for Run Cheltenham, priced at £5 for the community mile, £15 for the 10k and £20 for the half marathon.

With more than 100 Sue Ryder runners taking on the challenge, anyone who feels inspired to join the team will get a special Sue Ryder running vest or T-shirt, as well as training tips and advice from the charity's professional coach, Nick, and all the resources they need to help them meet their fundraising target. Not to mention a post-race party after the finish line!

For the community mile, the fundraising target is set at £60; while it's £175 for the 10k, and £275 for the half marathon.

Fundraisers can sign up to Run Cheltenham in aid of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice via sueryder.org/run-cheltenham.

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