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5K Challenge

5k Challenge

A multi-terrain off-road 5k (3 mile approx.) route using public footpaths and fields around the racecourse. The terrain is mostly flat with a short climb towards the end.

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 the public footpath around the outside of the racecourse and returns to the finish at the event village.

An easy and fairly level 5k  route with the added challenge of gates and stiles to cross, suitable for walkers and novice runners, and ideal for any young people competing in school cross country events.

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

Explore the 5K Route in Google Maps



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 Time: 10:00am

Fast runners: 10:00am

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.