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Triumphant day for half marathon team

It's fair to say that training for a half marathon is no easy feat and for our gang of twelve runners, preparing to take on the 13.1 miles round Cheltenham certainly took it's toll. But despite a number of injuries and illness the team bounced back and put on an inspiring display of dedication to get round the hilly course in style.
 
Back in April this year, a few GDA staff decided to set themselves a challenge and the Cheltenham Half Marathon seemed a good place to start. Months of training and fundraising followed and on Sunday Team GDA took to the streets to bring together all that hard word.
 
Margaret, Graham, Mary, Nick, Michael, Reg, Kate, Sandra, Toby, Rob, Gemma and James - most of whom are not runners, did the charity proud. As well as all completing the challenge, between them they have raised a staggering £5,500 to help fund GDA's award-winning charitable services.
 
"The whole day was simply amazing" GDA runner Margaret Sills said. "The atmosphere, the weather and the cheers from the GDA crowds along the route made such a difference. Although we were all running for our own personal goals, running in a team was a really special experience - I couldn't have asked for a nicer bunch to run and train with."
 
GDA Chief Executive, Jenny Hopkins said "We couldn't be more proud of what Team GDA have achieved, not just on Sunday but the months of effort beforehand too. This is has to be one of our best fundraisers yet and the gang have certainly set the bar high for future events like this. Congratulations to each and every one of our runners."
 
Huge thanks have to go to each of our runners, but also to those who came along to cheer the team on and everyone who has in some way given something to help make this event such a success.
 
If you're inspired by Team GDA's half marathon efforts and would like to do something yourself to support GDA's services for deaf and hard of hearing people, then get in touch - we'd love to hear from you. Drop us a line at admin@glosdeaf.org.uk or call us on 01452 372999.
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