Half Marathon Challenge

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Half Marathon Challenge

The Half Marathon route presents a tough challenge for experienced distance runners and a rewarding route for walkers. This event will be run under TRA/UKA rules (Permit No. 144) and is open to ages 17 and over.

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 Hewletts Reservoir. 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 380m of ascent on the loop.

The Half Marathon route is walker friendly but please note that juniors and children cannot be registered for this event. Guide time for completion of the Half Marathon is 5 hours or under.

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 Route Map (pdf)

Elevation profiles can be downloaded in PDF format HERE.

Click to download Half Marathon GPX route file  (ZIPPED)

 

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. Walkers should aim to complete the event in under 5 hours.

Entry Fees

REGISTRATION CLOSES WEDNESDAY 14th JUNE, SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. PLEASE NOTE WE CANNOT ACCEPT ANY REGISTRATIONS AFTER THIS DATE.

Adults 17+ Standard / Early       Affiliated / Early                 
       
Half Marathon (TRA/UKA rules) £29 / £26 £27 / £24  
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Juniors  Not available        
       
Children Not available     
       
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