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Cheltenham Half Marathon - everything you need to know

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Photo credit: Cheltenham Half Marathon
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Whether you’re running or spectating at this year’s Cheltenham half marathon, here’s everything you need to know about the 13.1 mile race.

When is the Cheltenham half marathon?

The Cheltenham half marathon takes place on Sunday 5 September 2021.

What time does the race start?

The race starts at 9am. The race village opens at 7am and all runners should be ready to go to their start pens by 8.30am.

What is the route for the Cheltenham half marathon?

The 2021 route can be seen here:

Where does the Cheltenham half marathon start and finish?

The half marathon starts and finishes on the Cheltenham racecourse.

What will the weather be like for the Cheltenham half marathon?

It’s still a little too early to accurately predict the weather for the Cheltenham half marathon with any certainty, but it looks set to be sunny intervals with a gentle breeze and highs of 19 degrees celsius.

How can I get to the start line of the Cheltenham half marathon?

Parking will be available at the Cheltenham racecourse from 7am on the race morning. If you are being dropped off, organisers are recommending drivers stop on the roads nearby rather than entering the car park, as it is likely to be busy. A lot of the surrounding roads will be closed, so if you are planning on travelling to the event by public transport, it’s a good idea to look at the road closures on the event website and plan your route accordingly.

Will I be able to drop a bag off?

There will be a bag drop in the event village for you to leave a change of clothes and post-race fuelling in. It’s recommended that you avoid leaving any valuables in the race bag.

Are headphones allowed on the race course?

Organisers advise against the use of iPods, MP3 players or other personal stereo devices during the race in order to ensure all runners can hear safety and medical announcements.

Will there be pacers?

There will be pacers from the 1 hour 30 mark, then at 15 minute intervals up to 2 hours 30 minutes.

Is there still time to enter the Cheltenham half marathon?

Race entries are open until midday on Monday 23 August 2021. Runners cannot sign up on the day, so if you do want to take part, make sure you get your entry in before it closes.

I’m injured, can I give my race number to a friend?

You must not give your race number to anyone else. You can claim a refund within the first seven days of signing up, but after this period, no refunds are offered.

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