Linda Franks Race

The 30th Linda Franks 5-mile race raised over £650 for Heidi’s Heroes (21 January 24). Many thanks to all who took part and who gave generously at the cake sale.

Next year’s (2025) race is provisionally scheduled for Sunday 19th January at The Reddings Community Centre, Cheltenham.

Race History

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 in its 30th 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.

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.