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10k Challenge

10K Challenge

A multi-terrain off-road 10K (6 mile approx.) route using public footpaths and quiet village lanes. The terrain is mostly flat with some gentle inclines.

Starting at Cheltenham Racecourse, the route initially runs alongside the GWR steam railway before entering the large field just to the north of the racecourse. After a loop around the field, it follows public footpaths north towards Southam and the Ellenborough Park Hotel, before heading south again towards and through Prestbury village. Back into  fields again for a short stretch before joining the public footpath around the outside of the racecourse and returning to the finish at the event village.

An easy and enjoyable route for walkers and for runners with some experience of completing a 10k course.

This event is open to adults, juniors and children.

Please note that parts of this route are shared with other Challenge events and members of the public.

Click Here to Explore the 10K Route in Google Maps

Click here to download a route map with elevation profile (pdf)


Please note: route maps are for guidance only. The event organisers reserve the right to amend the route without notice in response to road or footpath closures, flooding, safety concerns or inclement weather.

Start Times: 09:30am

Fast runners: 09:30am

Slow runners: Following behind fast runners

Walkers: Following behind slow runners


Child Entry: Children aged 12 or below must be registered and accompanied by an adult.

Junior Entry:  Available for young people aged 13 to 16 on the date of the event. Junior entrants may participate with or without an accompanying adult. The registration process for Junior entries must be completed by a parent or other responsible adult using a credit / debit card and their own email address. All communication about the event will be sent to the email address used for registration. By making a card payment:

•The adult is giving permission for the young person to participate.

•The adult agrees that the young person is fit to participate

•The adult acknowledges that the organisers of the Cheltenham Challenge are unable to offer any form of supervision for Junior entrants during the event.