Almost Athletes - Linda Franks 2017 road race
The Linda Franks Race is a 5-mile road race set on a fast two-loop circuit on largely quiet residential roads. Hosted by Almost Athletes (Cheltenham), the race commemorates the memory of a popular (and one of the original) members of the club who passed away suddenly many years ago. The race is typically held in mid/late January, on the Sunday closest to what would have been Linda's birthday.
The race started out as a 2- or 4-mile fun run, with proceeds going to a local charity. Such was the success that it became an annual event and ultimately evolved into a measured, mile-marked and chip-timed, 5-mile race which now forms part of the county race series, whilst keeping to its original premise of being a race for everybody.
Now approaching its 27th year, the race proceeds have contributed to over £6000 for local charities, In addition to the charitable contribution from entries, all finishers receive a medal and some lucky ones may find themselves the recipient of a spot prize!
Prizes are also awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female finishers, 1st age category places, 1st male and female team plus, with the recent addition of wheelchair athletes, 1st wheelchair finisher. The presentations - as well as the race briefing beforehand - take place at the local Community Hall where hot and cold drinks and cakes are on offer.
Some testimonials from 2015 race
Please convey a huge thank you to all the 'Almosts' who were involved in organising, marshalling or assisting in any way on the Linda Franks today. As ever everyone was fab! A great event - thank you.
We thoroughly enjoyed the race and would like to thank all who put in the effort to stage it.
I just wanted to say thank you to the Almost Athletes for a great race, excellent organisation and marshalling, and a fantastic cake selection at the end!