Cheddar Gorge Challenge
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.
Amazing custom medals for all finishers.
The Challenge will be part of the Top of the Gorge Festival, which will be a celebration of everything outdoors, with many activities taking place across the weekend of 12-14th June.
Warren Farm, Blagdon, Charterhouse, Bristol Somerset BS40 7XR
Top of the Gorge Festival, 12th - 14th June: This outdoor festival is a celebration of everything outdoors with trail races, mountain bike sportives, camping, live music, guest speakers, food foraging, climbing wall, campfire talks and many other activities taking place across the weekend.
Beer tent, cider tent, live music and a host of food on offer.
All runners will receive a top quality medal.
There is a day parking area for runners taking part in a race for the day only. People who have purchased camping or glamping tickets will be directed into the site and towards the appropriate part of the festival site. There is no charge for parking.
There is a cut off of 3hrs for Marathon runners to reach the Marathon split for lap 2. This is at approximately 13.2 miles, be careful not to rely on your GPS for this measurement as it is not uncommon for them to lose signal around the route. If runners have not crossed this line after 3hrs they will be asked to complete the Half Marathon course.
No race numbers are being posted out, all numbers will be available to collect on the day.
Events are set off in waves of approximately 100 runners every 10mins.
Aim to arrive on site 90mins before the start of your wave. This is because we are part of a bigger festival this year so we need to allow extra time for parking
This event is not suitable for Canicross or buggies.
EVENT WAVE 1 - Marathon Wave 1 & 2 - 10:00 AM
EVENT WAVE 2 - 3km - 10:10 AM
EVENT WAVE 2 - 1km - 10:10 AM
EVENT WAVE 3 - Half Marathon Wave 1 & 5 - 10:30 AM
EVENT WAVE 4 - Half Marathon Waves 2, 3 & 4 - 10:40 AM
EVENT WAVE 5 - 10km Wave 1 - 10:50 AM
EVENT WAVE 6 - 10km Wave 2 - 11:00 AM
EVENT WAVE 7 - 10km Waves 3 & 4 - 11:10 AM
EVENT WAVE 7 - 6km - 11:10 AM
Number Collection is according to your EVENT WAVE, not your race wave. For example, 10km Wave 1 is collected from desk 5
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.
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