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 Earth
If you already have Google Earth installed on your computer, CLICK HERE TO EXPLORE THE ROUTE. This will automatically open Google Earth on your computer and plot the route. You can then save it to My Places.
TIP: To see the elevation profile in Google Earth, right-click on the plot and select “Show Elevation Profile” from the menu. Elevation profiles can also be downloaded in PDF format HERE.
Alternatively, CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A PDF MAP
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
REGISTRATION CLOSES WEDNESDAY 13th JUNE, SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. PLEASE NOTE WE CANNOT ACCEPT ANY REGISTRATIONS AFTER THIS DATE. REGISTRATIONS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE.
|Juniors (aged 13 to 16 on day of event)||Standard||Early|
|See note below regarding junior entry|
|Children (age 12 or under on day of event)||£3.00|
|See note below regarding child entry|
Child registration: Children aged 12 or below on the date of the event but all children must be pre-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.