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Cheltenham Half Marathon

Run 13.1mi
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The Cheltenham Half Marathon is set in the heart of the beautiful regency town and has been designed to show off its splendour and Cotswold charm. Come for support from the crowds, views of the Cotswolds or for the finisher’s medal.
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Review summary

3 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Luis P
"I really can't fault this. It is a small event with some 2000 plus runners,..."


Pete B
"This was a well organised event taking us through the town centre where..."


Ben D
"Amazing event. I may be biased as I live near to where it starts and ends but I..."
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How to enter the Cheltenham Half Marathon

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi

Cheltenham Half Marathon route

There is nothing quite like the gorgeous scenery of the Cotswolds and the Cheltenham Half Marathon is set right in the heart of it. Starting and finishing at the Cheltenham Racecourse gives runners a huge morale boost as they set off and as they come into the home stretch.

The route hits iconic towns like Montpellier, Landsdown and the old Honeybourne Line. Truly an amazing opportunity to see the best of British countryside and get your heart racing.

The race will be clearly marked and marshalled.

Participants will be asked to move onto the pavement if they fall behind the road re-opening schedule – on sections where there is no pedestrian footpath, participants will be re-routed. Everyone will be greeted at the finish with their medal and other rewards.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Participant medals
  • Closed roads
  • Pace makers
Raceday Logistics


07:00 - Village Opens

08:30 - Start Assembly

09:00 - Race Start

10:05 - First Half Marathon Finishers

12:30* - Half Marathon Course Closures

*Participants falling behind the pace required to finish by 12:30 will be asked to move to the pavement.

Please arrive at least 45 minutes before the start of your race to allow time to get parked, registered and warmed up.

Baggage: Your baggage can either be left with a friend or family member, or at the baggage store located in the event village.

Please use the baggage label that will come attached to your race number. Baggage is left entirely at your own risk – we strongly advise you not to leave valuable items.


If you have any further questions about the event or would like to get in touch to volunteer then please contact the event organiser directly at: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive my race pack for the Cheltenham Half Marathon?
You will receive your race pack within the two weeks leading up to the race
Can you sign up for the Cheltenham Half Marathon on the day?
Unfortunately entries on the day are not accepted.
Are headphones allowed?
The use of headphones, iPods or other musical devices is not advised in order that you can listen to instructions from marshal's and medical staff.
Do I need to register on the day if I’ve signed up?
No. Just come along and line up in your allocated start pen.
Where is the race village?
The race village is at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Can I run in fancy dress?
Yes, as long as it is not obstructive to other runners.
Is there a cut-off time for runners?
The cut-off time for 4 miles is 1 hour 10 minutes. At 3 hours 30 minutes, any participants remaining on the course will be asked to move onto the pavement.

Cheltenham Half Marathon weather forecast

Drizzle throughout the day.

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Cheltenham Half Marathon reviews (3)

5 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    I really can't fault this. It is a small event with some 2000 plus runners, which makes for a small event village, but small in this case is better. Lots of massage and yoga provided for runners post event. A mix bunch of seasoned runners and beginners, but the same encouragement from the crowds and participants. I ran with two of the 1h30 pace setters and in all the runs I have done so far I have never come across such an amazing pacer (sorry I forgot his name). From the encouragements he was giving to all of us that were running alongside him, to the guidance he was giving (curb, puddle, cobbles, etc), to asking runners to pass the water around, he was really amazing and an example to a lot of other pacers who hardly speak to anyone. Running can at times feel like a lonely place and for someone who wasn't from Cheltenham and struggles with mental health issues, it made me feel less lonely. The marshalls were also truly inspirational. When we got to the racecourse they were helping wheelchair athletes in the muddy bits. As I said, I can't fault it and yet... it was a tough course. Cheltenham isn't exactly flat, with lots of hills and just when you thought you had finally conquered all of them, and it was all going to be downhill from then on, another one came along, and the racecourse was a course in itself, long and winding and definitely hilly and tough to run on the muddy parts. It wasn't a compact mud, but rather a soft grainy one, which slowed us down and was hard to run on.
    Will I do it again? I don't know yet. I am tempted as I often like to repeat races in order to see whether I have improved from previous years. But I also like new challenges. I definitely hated every minute of it as I was running it, but then to my absolute surprise I managed to get a new PB, and I know it is my nature to hate races as I am doing them (maybe that's my mantra), to then looking back at them in a more positive and upbeat way. So I would recommend this one as a challenging course to take on!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    This was a well organised event taking us through the town centre where cheering crowds provided plenty of welcome support! The flat course meant it was good for beginners and also for those trying for a PB.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Amazing event. I may be biased as I live near to where it starts and ends but I loved it. Great support despite slightly dodgy weather (rain held off thankfully). Very well organised, nice course that is slightly challenging and has a killer final 4km round Cheltenham RaceCourse but if it wasnt challenging then it wouldn't feel like such an achievement.
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