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Event Rules

Event Rules

The Cheltenham Challenge is a complex event with different events taking part simultaneously. To aid management and smooth running of the event, the following rules will apply:

Environmental Impact

Cheltenham Challenge is committed to reducing our impact on the environment by reducing wastage and limiting the use of single-use disposable plastic containers. We ask that participants BRING AND RUN WITH their own REFILLABLE DRINKS BOTTLE. Water stations will be equipped with pumps for refilling. Gel packs and other wrappers must only be placed in bins at water points and must not be discarded on the ground.

Event Categories

1. The 5K and 10K events are open to all ages, including Adults (17+), Juniors (13-16) and Children (12 and under).

2. The Half Marathon event is open to Adults aged 17+ only, and must be completed within 4 hours.

3. The 5K, 10K and Half Marathon events are walker-friendly. Walkers will start behind runners.

4. Affiliated rates are available to members of UKA registered athletics and running clubs. Membership of an informal running group alone does not qualify for the affiliate rate.


1. Registration is online only through the link on the website. All registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

2. Race numbers / timing chips will be posted to UK participants who register by Sunday 9th May 2021. For non-UK registrations and those made after this date, race numbers must be collected from the registration desks on the weekend of the event.

3. On-line registration closes on Wednesday 19th May 2021. No registrations can be accepted after this date.

4. Each event will have a limit on the number of entries. No further registrations will be accepted when the entry limit has been reached.

Race number collection

For participants who need to collect their race numbers, registration desks will be open on Saturday 13th June 1pm to 4pm and from 7am on the morning of the event. Race numbers must be collected at least 30 minutes before the start of your event.

Half marathon start 09:00am: latest time for collection is 8:30am

10K start 09:30am: latest time for collection is 9:00am

5K start 10:00am: latest time for registration is 9:30am

Starting and Finishing Rules

For each event:

1. Participants must assemble in the starting area 10 minutes before the event start time. Please position yourself in the starting funnel according to your anticipated speed, with fast runners towards the front, followed by slow runners, followed by walkers towards the rear.

2. The event timing starts when gun goes. There is a time-limited starting window (as appropriate to the number of starters in each event) and all participants must cross the start line within this period , otherwise no time or position will be recorded.

3. Late starts will not be permitted. After the starting window closes, the start line will be cordoned off in preparation for the next event.

4. Gun times will be used for the official race timings. Later starters (within the starting window) will have their time recorded relative to the gun time. Net times may be recorded but official results will use gun times only.

5. Registrants who do not correctly start (or finish) the event for which they have registered will not be included in the race results or timing lists.

6. Timing for the award of prizes will be taken from the gun time only. Prizes will be awarded in the order of crossing the finish line and no adjustment will be made for net times.

7. Upon crossing the finish line, participants must follow marshals’ directions to exit the finish area. Participants must not cross back over the finish line.

Course Rules

1. Parts of the route are shared by multiple events. Participants should be  considerate towards other runners and walkers.

2. Each route will be clearly signed but participants should be aware that some parts of their route are shared between different events and there will be points where routes split and go in different directions. It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure they follow the correct route. If in doubt, stop and ask a course marshal. Marshals will be identified by high-vis clothing.

3. Participants wearing headphones on the off-road sections do so at their own risk. It is the responsibility of the wearer to ensure that traffic, marshals’ instructions and  approaching hazards are audible and noted. Headphones should not be worn whilst running or walking on roads or pavements or when crossing roads.

4. Runners / walkers accompanied by dogs must be considerate of traffic, other participants and livestock. Walkers are requested to give way to runners approaching from behind, particularly on narrower sections of the route.