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Cheltenham Half Marathon & 10k

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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. With a 10k, Half Marathon, and Community mile on offer, theres something for the whole family. Come for the stunning views or epic grandstand finish.
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WMP Creative has confirmed that this event will be going ahead as planned on Saturday 4th Sep 2021 in accordance with the COVID-19 safety measures. Learn more

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 & 10k

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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  2. 10k

    Run 10km
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  3. Community Mile

    Run 1mi
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Cheltenham Half Marathon & 10k routes

There is nothing quite like the gorgeous scenery of the Cotswolds and the Cheltenham Half Marathon and 10k 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 brand new 10k route will follow the first and final 3 miles of the Half Marathon route.

The Community Mile is designed to encourage first-time runners, families, and friends to come together and challenge themselves to get active for a fitter, healthier life.

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.

COVID-19 Information:

Although it cannot be predicted where we will be as a nation by September, the event organisers have put well thought-out, flexible and responsive measures in place to ensure the Cheltenham Half Marathon & 10k is a COVID-secure event, as other events have already shown is possible.

Event Details

  • Closed roads
  • Pace makers
  • Chip-timed results
  • Medical support
  • Water stations


07:00 - Village Opens

08:30 - 10km Start

09:00 - Half Marathon Start

09:10 - Community Mile Start

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.

Participants will be set off in start waves which are determined by your estimated finish time. Faster runners will start at the front to avoid the need to overtake on the course.

Race Packs will be posted out before the event and all event communications will be sent via email leading up to race day.

Runners are asked to please bring their own face mask to wear around the event village. This can be removed when running.

The Cheltenham Half Marathon's spectator policies will be available closer to the event date. However please expect a limited number of spectators will be allowed.

To find out more information on volunteering please visit the event website at

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an age requirement to take part in the Cheltenham Half Marathon?
Yes, entrants must be 17 and over on race day. Anyone younger can take part in the community mile.
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.
What happens if the Cheltenham Half Marathon & 10k is cancelled due to COVID-19?
All entrants will be offered refunds or transfers if this event cannot continue due to COVID-19.
Can you sign up for the Cheltenham Half Marathon on the day?
Unfortunately entries on the day are not accepted.
Are headphones allowed at the Cheltenham Half Marathon?
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 to the Cheltenham Half Marathon?
No. Just come along and line up in your allocated start pen.
Where is the race village for the Cheltenham Half Marathon?
The race village is at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Can I run at the Cheltenham Half Marathon in fancy dress?
Yes, as long as it is not obstructive to other runners.
Is there a cut-off time for runners at the Cheltenham Half Marathon?
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.
Is there somewhere I can leave my bag while I race in the Cheltenham Half Marathon?
There will be a limited bag drop at the event but please only bring essential items to help reduce contact between staff and participants.

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Cheltenham Half Marathon & 10k 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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