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Half Marathon Challenge

Half Marathon Challenge

The Half Marathon route presents a tough challenge for experienced distance runners and a rewarding route for walkers. This event is open to ages 17 and over only.

It is a multi-terrain 13.1 mile (21k approx.) route using public footpaths and sections of the Cheltenham Circular Footpath, Cotswold Way and Winchcombe Way.

The terrain starts fairly level for the first 3 miles, passing through Prestbury village and heading towards Cleeve Hill. Then there is a long tough climb up to join the Cotswold Way and Winchcombe Way before heading north across the top of Cleeve Hill. You will pass over the highest point in the Cotswolds. The route offers fantastic views over Cheltenham, the Malverns and glorious Cotswold countryside.

Rejoining the Cotswold Way near the golf course, the route loops southwards along the edge of the escarpment before descending through a forest towards Southam. There is then a fairly flat run through farmland and Prestbury Village before heading back to the finish line at the racecourse. There is approximately 320m of ascent on the loop.

The Half Marathon route is walker-friendly but please note that the time limit has been reduced from previous years the event must be completed within 4 hours.

Juniors and children cannot be registered for this the Half Marathon. 

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

Click Here to Explore the Half Marathon Route in Google Maps

Download Half Marathon Elevation 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: 09:00am

Fast runners: 09:00am

Slow runners: Following behind fast runners

Walkers: Following behind slow runners. Walkers must complete the event in under 4 hours.