The Cheddar Gorge Challenge will return 15th/16th June 2019

23rd June 2018, Cheddar Gorge Omnium from 13:30
Omnium multi event running race poster

We are very excited to be bringing not only a brand new event, but also a brand new event format to Cheddar Gorge this year. You can read all about our Omnium events here

The Cheddar Gorge Omnium sees runners take on 4 different events over the course of an afternoon with a final ranking based on the finish positions across each event. It is a best all rounder style competition, in a fun, friendly and inclusive atmosphere. Runners will rotate around the first 3 events (Sprint, Hill Climb, Middle Distance) according to which Group you select on the registration form. All runners will then take part in the Endurance event together. 

Everyone will compete in the Sprint, Hill Climb and Middle Distance. There is then a choice of which Endurance  distance event, which determines whether you complete a Bronze (6km), Silver (10km) or Gold (10km + Half Marathon) Omnium.

UPDATE - NEW EVENT OPTIONS: Due to popular demand we have now added a 6km and 10km stand alone event to the Saturday afternoon/evening schedule. These runners will join in with the final event of the day alongside the Ominum runners, we expect this to be a 17:30 start. There will be a beer tent, cider tent, live music and a host of food on offer. 

Finish position runners of the stand alone event runners will NOT show in the Omnium results, so you are the 10th runner across the line in the 10km, but the second Omnium runner across the line then you still still be awarded two points. 

6km (stand alone event)

All runners £15, £2 extra on the day

10km (stand alone event)

All runners £20, £2 extra on the day

Bronze Omnium (min age 12)

All runners £30, £5 extra on the day

Silver Omnium (min age 14)

 All runners £35, £5 extra on the day

Gold Omnium (min age 17) 

All runners £60, £5 extra on day

Note: Gold omnium is on the Saturday and Sunday. The Omnium is not a UK Athletics affiliated event which enables us to have slightly younger minimum age requirements on the Saturday compared to Sunday.

2018 Medal

24th June 2018, Trail Races, from 10:00
Cheddar Gorge Challenge 2018 poster map

On the Sunday we have a race for all the family; 1km, 3km, 6km, 10km, Half Marathon and Marathon distance trail events across Cheddar Gorge and the Mendip Hills

- 1km, out and back course across the festival site
- 3km looped course along Velvet Bottom
- 6km looped course towards Cheddar Gorge and along Velvet Bottom
- 10km course heads all the way along the Cheddar Gorge cliff with great views
- Half Marathon is a single lap course with amazing views along Cheddar Gorge, climbs up to the highest point on the Mendip Hills with bountiful feast stations along the way
- The Marathon route is 2 laps of the Half Marathon course as above

1km (no min age)

Affiliated £5    Unaffiliated £5    £5 on the day

3km (min age 10)
Affiliated £6   Unaffiliated £8   £2 extra on day

6km (min age 14)
Affiliated £13  Unaffiliated £15  £2 extra on day

10km (min age 16)
Affiliated £18  Unaffiliated £20  £2 extra on day

Half Marathon (min age 17)
Affiliated £29  Unaffiliated £31  £2 extra on day

Marathon (min age 18)
Affiliated £40  Unaffiliated £42  £2 extra on day

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For 10 or more runners only

Top of the Gorge Festival, 22nd - 24th June 2018

This new outdoor festival, based on the success of the South West Outdoor Festival of 2017, will be 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 weekend of 22nd - 24th June 2018.

As this is a festival with a whole range of free to attend music and talks, there is a small admission fee (a Day Ticket) for spectators to enter the festival area, within which the race village, start and finish is located. Runners of any distance do not need to pay any additional admission fee. Day Ticket festival tickets can be purchased on the day, or in advance via the Festival website.

We have a great new start finish area, 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 effectively starting mid way round the old courses, you will see the route in a different and arguably less hilly light.


Whichever distance you are taking part in, you will see of the most beautiful and remarkable landscapes of any run in the country. The 10km, Half Marathon and Marathon all include breath taking running along the gorge cliff top path (many metres from the actual edge so don't worry) which has the most incredible views across the Somerset levels and over the Bristol Channel. 

Since 2017 we have moved the start to inland, rather than the gorge edge, which means you are already on the high ground at the top of the gorge height, and it is the ground level that falls away to give you gorge it's height. Of course there is one really good hill along the way, but it is nowhere as tough as it's old reputation might suggest. 


There is a great mix of grass fields, rocky terrain and woodland trails all in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Off Road shoes are recommended, particularly if wet underfoot. 


We will be retaining our (relatively) new venue which offers on site car parking, just a short and flat walk to the start! There will be toilets, secure bag storage, music, a range of caterers on site serving hot food and drinks and a whole host of other activities. 

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.

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