This is a fully closed roads event! Enjoy the incredible sights of Cheddar Gorge in it's natural, traffic free environment!
We have 3 races to choose from this year;
5km - 100% downhill race!! A PB has to be all but guaranteed.
10km - Rolling for the first 2.5km and then a 7.5km downhill sprint to the finish!! 150m net height drop makes this a great PB race
Half Marathon - Start at the bottom of the gorge, run to the top and then back down again. A modest 50% uphill and 50% downhill...just like most races...A stunning route, but perhaps only a PB course if this is your first ever half marathon
When: Saturday 16th September. Start Times are from 09:30 for the Half Marathon and from 10:00 for the 10km and 5km. Please see the Provisional Schedule for details.
Location: The Half Marathon has a different start line to the 5km & 10km.
Start Line 10km & 5km: Warren Farm, Charterhouse, Somerset, BS40 7XR. What3Words /// quaking.salt.rhino
Start Line Half Marathon: In Cheddar Gorge itself, about 500m up from the top of town. What3Words /// film.trainer.firming
Finish Line: All events share the same finish line in Cheddar Gorge itself, about 500m from the top of town. What3Words /// film.trainer.firming
Transport & Parking: Parking for the 5km and 10km is at Warren Farm, Charterhouse, Somerset, BS40 7XR. What3Words /// quaking.salt.rhino Parking for the Half Marathon is at Cliff Street Car Park, Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3PS. What3Words /// octagonal.post.fencing Runners of the 5km and 10km will need to catch a shuttle bus back to the start line unless they are being picked up by a spectator from the finish.
Distances: We have 5km, 10km and Half Marathon to choose from.
There is a 3hr 30min cut off for runners to finish the half marathon. There are no cut offs for the other distances, though please note the races are not open to pure walkers, but we always welcome people who will do a mix of run, jog and walk their way around our routes.
Register: Register here for the Cheddar Road Races 5km (£25), 10km (£30), Half Marathon (£40). Min age of 12 for the 5km, 15 for the 10km and 17 for the Half.Runners of the 5km and 10km can catch a shuttle bus back to the start line at a £5 optional extra, or they would need to get dropped off at the start line and picked up at the finish.
Group discounts: Find out more here. 10-19 runners save 15%, 20-49 runners save 20%, 50+ runners save 25%. Runners can include any mix of distances to reach the 10 runner minimum, everyone just needs to be racing on the same date.
Format: This race will most likely be one mass start for each distance.
Drinks Stations: There are no drinks station on the 5km. There is 1 feast station on the 10km and 3 feast stations on the Half Marathon, There will be water, electrolyte to drink and a mix of food including GF, DF and vegan snacks around the course and again at the finish.
Medals: All runners of 5km and longer distances will take home a large 10cm x 10cm, 2 sided medal specific to this event. Fun run medals may be a mix of designs.
Terrain: The 5km and 10km are 100% tarmac. The Half Marathon may have the tiniest bit of grass to access the midway drinks station by the start line.
Facilities: There are on site toilets, coffee and food vans. There are lots of place to get food and drink after the run in Cheddar itself. There is a static bag drop at the start lines and we will move tops (not bags) from the start line of the 5km and 10km to the finish line. We would ask you to run with your own phone, wallets and car keys. There is a bag drop.
Photos: Professional photos will be available to purchase within 48hrs of the event from our photographer's website here.
Buggy or Canicross runners: The event is open to buggy runners, please be aware of the steep nature of the route which includes a -17% downhill section. The event is not open to canicross runners because of the time of year.
Spectators: Spectators are very welcome. The best place to view the races is at the finish line. There is no spectator transport from the 5km/10km start line, you would need to drop off your runners at the start line and then drive to Cheddar, park up, and walk to the finish.
FAQs: Please see our FAQ Page if you have any more questions and you can contact us from there is you would still like assistance.
The logistics are simplified this year, here are your options depending on your race distance;
5km - PARK or get DROPPED OFF at Warren Farm (event village), there is a 2km walk to your start line, after the race catch the bus back to Warren Farm (£5) or reunite with the people who dropped you off at the finish line.
10km - PARK or get DROPPED OFF at Warren Farm (event village), start at Warren Farm, after the race catch the bus back to Warren Farm (£5) or reunite with the people who dropped you off at the finish line.
Half Marathon - PARK at a public car park in Cheddar town. The main public car parks are 1km from the start line. Start and Finish line are in the same place. No bus journey involved.