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Cheddar Gorge Challenge

Cheddar Gorge Challenge

4.5 · 1 review

Bristol, Somerset

Warren Farm, Blagdon, Charterhouse

Sat 11th June 2022 - Sun 12th June 2022

Starting at 10:00

12 races

£5.00 - £90.00

COVID-19 INFORMATION

WE ARE BACK!!

Our event plans have been officially signed off by the Safety Advisory Group for Events. Public Health England, the police, ambulance service and all council departments have shown their full support for our new event format, and the event as a whole follows all government guidance on social distancing and hygiene practices.

The format is new, the feel is a little different, but these are still going to be great events and we couldn't be more excited to be bring you safe and enjoyable events once again.

C-19 PLAN
Relish Running races has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description

This is one of the most scenic events in the Country, and there's a trail run here for all the family - 1k, 3k, 6k, 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon distances, across Cheddar Gorge and the Mendip Hills. Cheddar Gorge is steep in places and very steep everywhere else, and the terrain is varied and exciting! The routes will take in breathtaking views and lung aching ascents, most notably the affectionately dubbed 'Hell Steps', from where you will experience wonderful cliff top running along the Gorge edge.

Whichever distance you are taking part in, you will see some of the most beautiful and remarkable landscapes of any run in the country, with a mix of open fields, rocky terrain and woodland trails. The 10km, Half Marathon and Marathon all include breath taking running along the gorge cliff top path which has the most incredible views across the Somerset levels and the Bristol Channel.

Races

  • 1 Km

    £5.00

    Sun 12th June 2022

    No Min Age

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 3 Km

    £8.00

    Sun 12th June 2022

    Min Age 10

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 6 Km Saturday

    £20.00

    Sat 11th June 2022

    Min Age 12yrs

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 6k Sunday

    £20.00

    Sun 12th June 2022

    Min Age 14yrs

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 10 Km Saturday

    £25.00

    Sat 11th June 2022

    Min Age 14yrs

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 10k Sunday

    £25.00

    Sun 12th June 2022

    Min Age 16yrs

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Half Marathon

    £35.00

    Min Age 17yrs

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Marathon

    £45.00

    Min Age 18yrs

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Omnium - Bronze

    £40.00

    100m + 1km + Hill Climb + 6km

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Omnium - Silver

    £45.00

    100m + 1km + Hill Climb + 10km

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Omnium - Gold

    £75.00

    100m + 1km + Hill Climb + 10km + Half

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Omnium - Platinum

    £90.00

    100m + 1km + Hill + 10km + Marathon

    Booking for more than 1?

Book

  • 1 Km

    £5.00

    Sun 12th June 2022

    No Min Age

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 3 Km

    £8.00

    Sun 12th June 2022

    Min Age 10

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 6 Km Saturday

    £20.00

    Sat 11th June 2022

    Min Age 12yrs

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 6k Sunday

    £20.00

    Sun 12th June 2022

    Min Age 14yrs

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 10 Km Saturday

    £25.00

    Sat 11th June 2022

    Min Age 14yrs

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 10k Sunday

    £25.00

    Sun 12th June 2022

    Min Age 16yrs

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Half Marathon

    £35.00

    Min Age 17yrs

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Marathon

    £45.00

    Min Age 18yrs

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Omnium - Bronze

    £40.00

    100m + 1km + Hill Climb + 6km

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Omnium - Silver

    £45.00

    100m + 1km + Hill Climb + 10km

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Omnium - Gold

    £75.00

    100m + 1km + Hill Climb + 10km + Half

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Omnium - Platinum

    £90.00

    100m + 1km + Hill + 10km + Marathon

    Booking for more than 1?

How to Get There

The events are based at Warren Farm (since 2017), a beautiful setting at the inland end of the Cheddar Gorge. Gone are the days where we asked you to walk to the top of the gorge just to make it to the start, we are much kinder these days.

Warren Farm,
Blagdon,
Charterhouse,
BS40 7XR


The What3Words address for the turning into Warren Farm is quaking.salt.rhino

When you are within a mile of the address you will likely start to see Relish Running signs to guide you on your final approach.

Course Details

The 1km and 3km events are held on a course which loops the event site. It is a flat route, with a bit of uneven terrain, a great first time event. The 6km and 10km head our from the event site and long the trails around Cheddar Gorge. The 10km runs right along the cliff edge oath (a good 20m from the actual edge...you won't fall off!) for spectacular views. Both routes converge and run along Velvet Bottom, an historic landscape of the Mendip Hills which have been minded since Roman times, before a little climb leading back towards the start/finish area.

The half marathon and marathon share the same opening trails as the 10km, running along the cliff edge path with wonderful views. They then branch off and head over to Beacon Batch, the highest point on the Mendip Hills with incredible 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside. The race has been been updated in recent years (since 2017), removing the out and back sections and replacing them with more fresh trails. The races comes through the start/finish area where the half marathon runners finish and the marathon runners head out for their second lap. There is a 3hr cut off for the marathon runners to start their second lap.

Course Map

camping

In 2022 Relish Running, alongside Channel Events (mountain biking) and Mendip Lumps and Bumps ride (road cycling) are organising the Top of the Gorge Adventure Weekend, a full weekend packed with great ways to explore Cheddar and the Mendip Hills on two feet or two wheels.

Camping is being offered by our hosts at Warren Farm.

The camping is booked as an optional extra through their website here.

prizes

All our finishers receive a top of the range custom medal as well as a buffet of fresh fruit and other tasty treats. We also recognise a few of the speedy runners on the following basis.

Prize Categories

Top 3 male and top 3 female
First U20 male and female
First 20-39 male and female
First 40-49 male and female
First 50-59 male and female
First 60-69 male and female
First 70+ male and female
The final number of prizes awarded is determined by the number of finishers for each gender in a given race distance. If there are more than 100 finishers then the full range range of awards are made as shown above. If there are less than 50-100 finishers then the top 3 finishers overall will be awarded a prize. If there are less than 50 then only the winner will be awarded a prize. We do not have any winner's prizes for any of the children's events as would like to keep this participation focused.

There is no on the day prize giving because of the multi wave, multi start time format of the events. Prize winners will be contacted mid week via email.

Important nOtes

Rubbish Out On the Course: We have special permission from the National Trust, the Somerset Wildlife Trust and Mendip AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) to hold these events around Cheddar Gorge. Please respect the fact you are running in such a beautiful area and do not drop any litter! If you can run will a full gel packet or drinks bottle, please run with it empty until the next Drinks Station. We reserve the right to give out time penalties to runners who are caught littering, and to disqualify repeat offenders. Thank you for understanding.

Cut off Time: There is 3hrs time limit for runners to start the 2nd lap of the marathon. Each lap is 13.2 miles but GPS reception is patchy so please do not rely on these too heavily to track your progess. There is no time limit for the other distances.

Race Numbers: No race numbers are being posted out, all numbers will be available to collect on the day.

The Omnium

We have borrowed the term from track cycling, which see cyclists take on a range of different events, in a best all rounder style competition. We are very excited to be bringing the format into the running world, in a fun and friendly event which is open to everyone, just like all our events.

Runners will take part in four to five events, usually all on one day, and they are awarded points based on their finishing position; 1 point for first, 10 points for tenth etc. The overall standings are based on cumulative points, with the lowest score finishing first overall. All events are given equal weight, so a consistent and measured performance across the events is key. We will also be introducing slightly lower age restrictions on the Endurance events (as this is not a UK Athletics affiliated event), so this could be a great leveller between young speedy runners who will gain a lot of points on the Sprint, and the runners with more stamina who will pick up more points in the longer distance events.

Event Format

The shorter duration events, eg Sprint, Hill Climb, Middle Distance, will see groups of runners taking part in different events at the same time. You will select your Group when you register. For example (see each individual Race Info page for confirmation of times for the Cheddar Omnium)

Saturday 11th June 2022

13:30 - Middle Distance, 14:45 - Hill Climb, 16:00 - Sprint

Bronze 6km and Silver, Gold, Platinum 10km) - All Groups race start from 17:30 on Saturday.

Sunday 12th June 2022

Endurance (Gold Half marathon, Platinum Marathon) - Race start from 10:00

The shorter events will be work from an individual time trail format, eg one runner at a time setting off at fixed intervals. Once everyone has completed an event then the waves rotate to the next event. The final event will be the Endurance event which sees everyone compete together. Results and cumulative points and standings will be posted live to our website during the events, subject to good internet coverage.


An event for everyone

The beauty of the Omnium is that all events are given equal weight, so it is great leveller between speed and endurance. Regardless of your pace or ability, this really is an event for everyone. Our vision is to have the run route of each event lined with those runners who are not taking part at that particular moment, ringing cow bells, cheering every single runner across the line.
Omnium Event Categories and Descriptions - each Omnium is different

Sprint - a flat(ish) run of between 100m and 400m in length

Hill Climb - a vertical height gain of between 30m and 50m, roughly 500m in length

Middle distance - a flat(ish) run of between 800m and 2km

Endurance - a trail run between 5km and half marathon (All distance options open to all. For events with multiple Endurance distances on offer, a different final classification will be produced under names Bronze, Silver or Gold Omnium. For example 5km is Bronze, 10km is Silver, 10km + Half Marathon is Gold Omnium)

  • The minimum age for the Bronze is 12 years old, Silver is 14 years old, Gold is 17 years old and Platinum is 18 years old.
  • Pleas note; The Gold Omnium includes registration into the Half Marathon on Sunday 12th June. You do not need to sign up for this event again using the 12th race drop down menu.
  • Please note; The Platinum Omnium includes registration into the Marathon on Sunday 12th June. You do not need to sign up for this event again using the 12th race drop down menu.

cancellation policy

Whilst it feels like life is returning to normal, and we sincerely hope it is, there is the potential for further disruption which could come into play at any time. In this event we will still owe payment to our suppliers; medical cover, portaloos etc which we will honour. This means we will have to pay for these facilities twice, in full again on the rearranged date which will put a big hole in the funds. This does mean we won't be in a position to offer a refund.

In the event of a cancellation (local or national restrictions, bad weather etc) everyone will automatically roll over to our contingency date/race OR you can have a free transfer to a friend (within 7 days of the event postponement notice) OR you can email us within 7 days of the event postponement notice to let us know you can't make the back up date and you will be able to choose any other event in the following 15 months.

The contingency date for this race is the 10th/11th June 2023. If you don't want to run this event you can opt out as indicated above and have your choice of event in the following 15 months.

Reviews

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4.5

1 review

KN
Keith

·2 years ago

Well run event. Event was exceptionally put together. Only issue outside of control of organisers was weather

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Bristol, Somerset

11 Jun 2022

£5.00 - £90.00

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