The Cheddar Gorge Challenge has been taking places for the last 4 years across a series of summer dates. This year we are focusing on one date as we continue to expand our race series to new locations.
We have a NEW start/finish location, with accessible parking just a short flat walk to registration and the start line. The routes will remain largely unchanged as we are able to jump onto the existing routes from our new base, though as we are efffictvely starting mid way round the old courses, you will see the route in a differnt and arguably less hilly light.
NEW for 2017, the Cheddar Gorge Challenge in joining the National Trust's South West Outdoor Festival (SWOF). This is a celebration of everything outdoors with trail races, sportives, camping, live music, guest speakers, food foraging, axe throwing (not in the direction of the runners...the race is tough enough) and many others activities taking place across the long weekend of 8th - 10th September 2017.
Affiliated £5 Unaffiliated £5 £5 on the day
3km (min age 10)
Affiliated £8 Unaffiliated £10 £2 extra on day
6km (min age 14)
Affiliated £12 Unaffiliated £14 £2 extra on day
10km (min age 16)
Affiliated £16 Unaffiliated £18 £2 extra on day
Half Marathon (min age 17)
Affiliated £27 Unaffiliated £29 £2 extra on day
Marathon (min age 18)
Affiliated £38 Unaffiliated £40 £2 extra on day
Whatever distance you take part in, you are racing one of the toughest events of it's kind in the south west. You will do more climbing just getting to the start than you will in most other events (we start at the top of the gorge and let you finish at the bottom). Each event takes in what has been affectionately dubbed the 'Hell Steps'; a cheeky little flight of steps with a surprise mid way up.
Cheddar Gorge is steep in places and very steep everywhere else. The Cheddar Gorge Challenge series takes in breath taking views and lung aching ascents, the terrain is varied and exciting, 500m long climbs and descents at 10% or more should be expected. Off Road shoes are HIGHLY recommended!
There is a NEW VENUE for 2017, which offers car parking with on site parking! There will be toilets, secure bag storage and a range of caterers on site serving hot food and drinks.
We will be based at Warren Farm, Blagdon, Charterhouse, BS40 7XR. The race site is overlooking Black Rock, a really beautiful point, with plenty of trails to get out and explore the countryside.