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The Cheddar Gorge Challenge has been taking places for the last 4 years across a series of summer dates. This year we are focusing on one date as we continue to expand our race series to new locations.

We have a NEW start/finish location, 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 differnt and arguably less hilly light.

NEW for 2017, the Cheddar Gorge Challenge in joining the National Trust's South West Outdoor Festival (SWOF). This is 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 long weekend of 8th - 10th September 2017.

Review summary

2 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


"This is a fantastically organised event and everyone should try It. I..."


Alan M
"Despite atrocious conditions throughout the weekend the organisers did an..."
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How to enter the Cheddar Gorge Challenge

  1. 3 Km

    Run 13.1mi
    Event passed
  2. 6 Km

    Run 26.2mi
    Event passed
  3. 10 Km

    Run 10km
    Event passed
  4. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    Event passed
  5. 3k

    Run 3km
    Event passed
  6. 10k

    Run 10km
    Event passed
  7. 3 Km

    Run 13.1mi
    Event passed
  8. 6 Km

    Run 26.2mi
    Event passed
  9. Omnium - Gold

    Run 32.1km
    Event passed

Cheddar Gorge Challenge routes

Event Details

Raceday Logistics

PROVISIONAL Schedule (based on last year)

Saturday 15th June 2019

Group 1: 13:30 - Sprint, 14:45 - Hill Climb, 16:00 - Middle Distance

Group 2: 13:30 - Hill Climb, 14:45 - Middle Distance, 16:00 - Sprint

Endurance (Bronze 6km and Silver 10km) - All Groups race start at 17:30 on Saturday 15th June

Sunday 16th June 2019

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


FAQs - Registration

I have not received a confirmation email, but I have a PayPal receipt, I am registered?

Yes, you are! Most probably, your confirmation email has been filed in a spam or promotions folder. Please dig it out, save our email address, and all future emails will go to your main inbox.

I tried to register but I have no payment receipt or confirmation email, am I in the race?

Probably not, if you have neither of these things, then your registration must have been interrupted and not processed, please can you try again.

Can I switch a place with a friend?

Sorry, our places are non transferable and non refundable as set out in our Ts and Cs which are shown when you sign up.

Can I have a refund please?

Sorry, our places are non transferable and non refundable as set out in our Ts and Cs which are shown when you sign up.

Can I pay over the phone?

I'm afraid we don't have the ability to take payment over the phone. Please register online or via a cheque and postal registration form.

FAQs - Race Prep

Why have I not received a race pack or number yet?

All our info is published online on the pages named Race Day or Event Info. All numbers are to be collected on the day, unless specifically mentioned otherwise.

FAQs - Race Day

Can I run with my dog?

Yes, but only at our specific Canircoss events which are currently one edition of the Skyline 10km and one edition of the Killerton races Please check these individual event pages for details

Can I run with a pram?

Yes. The best events are the Two Tunnels 5km, Return Ticket 10km, Return Ticket Half Marathons and any of the Lacock Road races as all the events are flat, have good terrain and no pesky gates or stiles.

Can I listen to music?

Only through bone conducting headphones as per UK Athletics rules. On fully closed roads event (Lacock) you can listen through more regular earphones if you wish, but there will be vehicles (staff, first aid) moving out about the course so we always recommend you have one ear free to hear for this, your fellow runners and marshal instructions....we have had to chase after people who have missed a turn but can't hear the marshals because of their music!

Are there toilets?

Yes! Please use them. We are fortunate enough to hold events in very special places, not very special big outdoor toilets ;-)

Is there a bag drop?

Yes, there is a bag/key drop at Registration

Are there changing facilities?

Generally not, though we have some new tents so will be offering this more and more. We will them at our Mud Bath events and some of our longer distance events. Best to check the Race Info for each individual event.

Do I get a medal?

Yes! All runners, from 500m up to 50km, get a very cool custom made medal unique to that event and that year. The ribbons denote which particular distance you took part in.

Are the races timed?

Yes. Results are posted online, usually by 6pm on the event day. Navigate to the event page and find the Results sub menu to find the results. Exceptions include Cheddar Gorge and Eastnor where we have no internet signal so results are usually posted by midday on Monday.

FAQs - After the Race

Where is my result?

If you have any queries please first of all check your race number, sometimes people pick up the wrong number. Let us know, and we can match your name with the correct race number.

What is happening with my customised medal?

Your name and time will be sent to our engraver who will engrave a plate with your details which will fit in the back of your medal. These will arrive 2-3 weeks after the event.

Cheddar Gorge Challenge weather forecast

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Relish strive to put on the very best, family and beginner friendly events in the most beautiful and unique locations. We offset the CO2 from our events as standard, including runner's travel to and from the races, by planting trees.



Cheddar Gorge Challenge reviews (2)

5 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Omnium - Gold in 2019

    Despite atrocious conditions throughout the weekend the organisers did an amazing job in keeping the running events going. Prior to starting, the instructions for event start times were completely unfathomable, but the staggered starts turned out to be a superb way of building a good camaraderie between competitors. The run routes were challenging, to say the least, but the marshalling, feed stations and route marking was all first rate. It was particularly nice that marshals took the time to find our names on the run list to call out "personalised" encouragement as we went past. It poured all weekend, which must have been incredibly challenging for everyone involved, but that did little to dampen our spirits, which were lifted to new heights by, what must be, one of the best running medals available at any race anywhere.
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    Did the 6 Km in 2019

    This is a fantastically organised event and everyone should try It. I thoroughly enjoyed this with a friend. Advice? Trail shoes a must and train on hills! 😁
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