Registrations are now open!
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.
The National Trust play host to the Cheddar Gorge Challenge and the main race site is on the very top of the gorge itself; a great site for a picnic with fantastic views of the gorge, we know it will create a great amphitheatre style atmosphere as the runners come flying down the hill to the finish.
Complete any 3 events over the Cheddar Gorge Challenge Series and collect the interlocking set of medals!
26th April; 10km, 5km, 300m
24th May; 10km, 5km, 300m
28th June; Half Marathon, 10km, 5km, 300m
16th August; Marathon, Half, 10k, 5k, 300m
Cheddar Challenge - Finishers trophy for racing 3 events
Run 10km + Half Marathon + Marathon over the summer
Mini Cheddar Challenge - Finishers trophy for racing 3 events
Run 5km + 10km + Half Marathon over the summer
|Mini Challenge||Min Age 17|
|Affiliated £45||Unaffiliated £50||£5 extra on the day|
|Marathon||Min age 18|
|Affiliated £38||Unaffiliated £40||£2 extra on the day|
|Half Marathon||Min age 17|
|Affiliated £26||Unaffiliated £28||£2 extra on the day|
|10km||Min age 15|
|Affiliated £14||Unaffiliated £16||£2 extra on the day|
|5km||Min age 12|
|Affiliated £8||Unaffiliated £9||£2 extra on the day|
|500m||No min age|
|Affiliated £3||Unaffiliated £3||£2 extra on the day|
All runners who register, and complete, the Cheddar Gorge Challenge or Cheddar Gorge Mini Challenge Series will be awarded a special commemorative trophy.
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 are 550 Pay and Display car parking spaces in Cheddar, some are a good 15min walk from the race HQ. Given the existing popularity of Cheddar Gorge and 300 runners we are hoping to attract, we recommend planning extra time for finding a space and making your way to the top of the gorge. A map of the car parks is here.
Public toilets are located just below the race site and baby changing faciliites at Costa Coffee. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants through out the gorge, but we hope everyone will bring a picnic and relish the chance to take in the amazing views.