Cheltenham Half Marathon

Runner Information

07:00: Village Opens
08:30: Start Assembly
10:05 onwards: Finish
12:30*: Course Closures
*Participants falling behind the pace to finish by 12:30 will be asked to move to the pavement.

Drawing on learnings from 2016, the enhanced parking operation at Cheltenham Racecourse for this year's Cheltenham's Half Marathon will utilise more entrances to take greater advantage of the ample on-site parking. In addition, we will be ensuring that key access roads from Cheltenham Town up to the Racecourse that are also being used as part of the Half Marathon route will remain open for a while longer to improve access to the Racecourse. However, we would still strongly urge arrivals to the Racecourse for 7-7:30am latest to ensure you have enough pre-race preparation time.
Colour coded directional signs will be in place to help you arrive to the correct car park entry point as smoothly as possible. If arriving from the West of the town centre, follow directions to the Red car park. If arriving from the East of the town centre, follow directions to the Blue car park. 

• Your personal commitment is to train for the event appropriately – making sure you are fully prepared for the day.
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• If you have been unwell or injured in the days leading up to the event then we would advise you not to take part.

• 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.


• Allow plenty of time to get to the start – the race will not be delayed due to late arrivals.
• Line up in the appropriate time zone relating to your anticipated finish time – you timing chip will not be activated until you cross the start line.

Click here for race route – pace yourself!
• The route is fully signed and marshalled – please follow marshal instruction.
• Aid stations are located at 5 points along the route with water, toilets and medical support. CLIF   BLOKS are available at drink station 3.
• 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.


• There will be plenty of activities taking place and catering available in the race village. We suggest making this your meeting point for family & friends.
• Massage/physio will be available in the race village courtesy of ProPerformance along with recovery yoga stretching.

• Photos and results will be available via the website as soon as possible after the race.

• Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place men & women will be awarded near to the finish line on the podium area of the new grandstand.
• Prizes for 1st place in each age category will be posted out in the following week.

• A range of hotels and accommodation can be found in Cheltenham and the surrounding area.


Official Charities

  • Macmillan
  • Winston's Wish
  • Sue Ryder