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Cheltenham 5k 2024

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Cheltenham 5k

Sunday 30 Jun 2024

£15.99 Aged 16 and over | £11.00 Children, under 6s free
Minimum fundraising target: £50

Date: Sunday 30 Jun 2024

Time: 11:00

Venue: Cheltenham Racecourse

30% off entry in 2025 with code RFL25ISU

Life is worth Racing for. Enter Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life and raise money for life-saving cancer research.

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About the 5k event

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The 5k is an achievable distance and a good first challenge for most people. At just over 3 miles it can take about an hour to walk on average, but there's no pressure to finish in a certain time. Go at your own pace to help fund life-saving cancer research.


Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, GL50 4SH View map

Course information

The Cheltenham 5K route starts infront of the Grandstand where it runs along the perimeter of Cheltenham’s famous racecourse, crossing the course and looping through the interior and extending fields and returning to the event site to the finish. 

The start is on tarmac, located infront of the grandstand buildings. The course is on a combination of grass, woodchip and paths, which circles and is contained within the racecourse. The finish is on tarmac, located infront of the grandstand buildings. 

There will not be any water refill stations along the course so if you require water during the event, please remember to bring your own reusable water bottle already filled up.  A Scottish Power water refill station will be available to use at the finish.

Please arrive 30 to 45mins before your start time so that you are prepared and ready to start one time.

Join forces or go solo

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You can take part in any Race for Life event as an individual or a group to raise money for life-saving research. Walk, jog or run together in a group or go solo at your own pace, or lead the way as a Group Leader and get family, friends and colleagues involved! However you choose to get muddy, you’re helping to beat cancer.

Warm up with other Race for Lifers

Shake off any pre-Race nerves and get moving with our fun warm-up session just before your event.

Supporters and spectators welcome

Bring along as many supporters as you like to cheer you on! We’ve got things for everyone to do, check out the Location section above to see what’s happening on the day.

Soak up the atmosphere

After you've completed the course, stay on and celebrate with other participants, friends and family with a picnic in the park.

Your entry fee covers the cost of your event, but your fundraising helps us save and improve lives. Join the celebration, join the family, and join the thousands helping to raise the money we need to power Cancer Research UK’s biggest discoveries.

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Event details

Once you sign up for your Race for Life event, you'll receive an email with all the need-to-know details to help you feel fully prepared for the day.

Meeting point

The start line is located infront of the Grandstand buildings. 

The finish line is located infront of the Grandstand buildings. 

If using what3words, enter ///spoil.lasted.fund in the free app, to find the exact starting point.

General Event Parking:  Free parking is available at the Racecourse. Please follow the stewards directions. The access to the start line is through Gate 21.  This is approx 100m away from the start line.

Blue Badge Parking: Free parking is available at the Racecourse. Please follow the stewards directions. The access to the start line is through Gate 21.  This is approx 100m away from the start line.

Volunteer Parking: Free parking is available at the Racecourse. Please follow the stewards directions. The access to the start line is through Gate 21.  This is approx 100m away from the start line.

Drop Offs: Please use the car park as a drop off area. Please inform the stewards you are dropping . 

Public Transport:-

Bus: For any local buses information please refer to the Stagecoach's website: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/timetables.

Train: The nearest train station is Cheltenham and is about an hours walk away. 

Electric Charging points: There is electric car charging points at the racecourse, alternatively there is other alternative electric charging points. Please visit the 'visit cheltenham page' for more details: https://www.visitcheltenham.com/your-visit/travel/getting-to-cheltenham/electric-car-charging

Cycling & Bike Racks: There are bike racks located on the B4705 which is just 5minute walk to the racecourse. 

Dogs allowed
Suitable for pushchairs
Wheelchair accessible
No bag drop
No showers

The majority of the course is mainly on pavement, however some sections are on grass, which can become boggy with poor weather. The course is wheelchair accessible with assistance due to the grass and woodchip areas. There is an accessible diversion at 2km, cutting off 1km of the route. Signage will be clear on the day to direct you should you want to take the accessible route.

If you require any further information on the accessibility of a Race for Life event, or wish to bring a carer/assistant to accompany you or if you need to bring a guide runner, please contact our Supporter Hotline on 0300 123 0770 and press 1 when prompted (Opening hours are 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday) or email us at raceforlife@cancer.org.uk

A British Sign Language Interpreter will be availble on stage whilst our event host is speaking

If you feel you might need extra help at the event please do pick up a badge at the Blue Enquires Marquee so that our crew and volunteers can look out for you.

Bring a water bottle
We’re trying to reduce single-use plastic at Race for Life. Please bring your own reusable water bottle, already filled. We'll provide an ecofriendly water-refill station at the finish that uses as little single-use plastic as possible.

Have the right kit
It’s a good idea to check the weather before your event and dress accordingly. Think breathable sports gear (leggings and shorts are ideal) and well-fitting trainers. For Pretty Muddy, wear something you don’t mind getting dirty.
Check out the latest range of Race for Life clothing and accessories in our online shop.

Be sun smart
Stay sun safe by finding shade when you’re not on the course and covering up with clothes, a hat and sunglasses. On parts you can’t cover, use sunscreen with at least SPF15 and a 4 or 5 star rating. Find out more about being sun smart.

Your back sign and race number
Remember to bring your back sign and Race number which will be sent to you in the post – don’t forget safety pins so you can attach them to you.

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