There are a number of questions that seem to crop up time and time again. So rather than hunting for information, please find below answers to those simple, everyday questions:
Q: How do I get to the start location?
A: You can travel by car, public transport, or walk to Cheltenham Racecourse.
Q: What do I need to bring with me to the race day?
A: All you need is your race number attached to your running top to race.
Q: How old do I have to be to enter the race?
A: You must be at least 17 years old on date of the race (4th September 2022).
Q: Can I run for a charity?
A: Yes, you can run with one of our partner charities or choose your own.
Q: Can I get a refund if I change my mind about racing?
A: Runners are entitled to a full refund within the first 7 days of purchase. After this period, there are no refunds.
Q: Can I transfer my place to a friend?
A: Yes, for a fee of £10. It is against race rules to swap your bib number with any other runner outside of our official transfer service. Each bib number has unique emergency contact and health details attached digitally, so swaps lead to medical teams working off incorrect information on the day which can have serious consequences – including invalidating insurance. Systems are in place to monitor this and those found to be swapping numbers will be banned from all Run Cheltenham events.
Q: How much does it cost to enter?
A: Entry to our Half Marathon race costs £40, 10k race costs £30, Community Mile race costs £5/10 (Child/Adult).
Q: What will I receive before the race?
A: You will be sent your physical race pack before the event. You will also be sent a digital version to the email address you signed up with.
Q: When do entries close?
A: Entries for all three 2022 races close at midday on Monday 15th August 2022.
Q: I have entered the race, how do I know my entry has been received?
A: You will have been sent an email confirmation from the registration site you entered with.
Q: Can I make changes to my registration?
A: Yes, for free for the first 7 days since purchase, after this period there is a fee of £10.
Q: Can I defer my entry to a later event?
A: Yes, for an admin fee of £10. You can only be deferred once per entry. If you have deferred across from our 2021 event, you will not be able to defer again. The deadline to defer is Monday 15th August.
Q: Can I sign up on the day?
A: No. We cannot accept entries on the day.
Q. Is there parking onsite?
A. Yes - plenty of parking for runners or spectators. You can find information about the best access for you personally by checking our parking map on this page.
Q: Where is the start and finish line?
A: At Cheltenham Racecourse.
Q: What time do the races start?
A: The first race (Half Marathon) starts at 09:00, however we advise all runners from all events to arrive by 08:30. For more information click here.
Q: Where do I get my race pack?
A: You will be sent one from 2 weeks before the event date, if you do not receive one you can collect one from registration at the Racecourse on race day.
Q: Is there a bag drop?
A: Yes, however we recommend to travel light to avoid queues before/after the races.
Q: Is there a cut-off time?
A: 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.
Q: How will my time be recorded?
A: All race times are recorded through chip-timed race numbers you will receive in your race packs. Your results will be texted to you on race day after you have finished. All results will be available online at this time too.
Q: Can I use headphones to listen to my music during the race?
A: We advise against the use of iPods, MP3 players or other personal stereo devices to ensure runners are able to hear any announcements or medical alerts. As per UK Athletics rules Bone Conduction type headphones are allowed.
Q: Can I run in fancy dress?
A: Yes, as long as it is not obstructive to other runners.
Q: Can I take part in my wheelchair?
Q: Can I run with my buggy?
A: Yes, as long as it does not obstruct other runners.
Q: Can I run with my dog?
A: No, we do not allow runners with dogs.
Q: Are spectators allowed?
A: Yes, the more the merrier!
Q: If I am spectating, can I bring my dog?
A: No dogs are allowed on the half marathon course. Spectators around town are allowed to bring their dogs and we ask kindly that they keep them out of the path of runners. If you are coming to the racecourse there are no dogs allowed at the racecourse. We understand some people have brought dogs to the event there in the past and we would advise against this, and that the racecourse staff are within their rights to ask you to take any dogs home.
Q: Is the course suitable for blind runners? Do you offer free places for guide runners?
A: Yes, we welcome blind runners and all guide runners will receive free places.
Q: Do I need to register or sign in on the day?
A: If you have your race number, then no. Only yes to collect a new race pack if you did not receive one beforehand.
Q: What do I get for finishing the race?
A: You will receive a brand new sustainable 2022 finishers medal, an isotonic sports drink (subject to change), and a tree planted in your name.
Q: What prizes do you give and for what winners?
A: We award prizes to runners who finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd across male and female. Prizes TBC.
Q: Will there be food/drink at the event village?
A: Yes, exact food TBC.
Q: Where will my results be available?
A: Results from Run Cheltenham 2022 will be available on the evening on Sunday 4th September 2022 and can be viewed here.
Q:Where can I buy official merchandise?
A: Official Run Cheltenham merchandise will be available in early 2022.
Q: Where can I find any photos of myself running the race?
A: Event photography will be available from Monday 5th September 2022 and can be viewed here.
Q: Can I help with the event if I am not running?
A: Yes, we have a wide variety of volunteering roles for Run Cheltenham 2022. All volunteers will gain free entry to Run Cheltenham 2023. All volunteering voles can be viewed here.