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The Cheddar Gorge Challenge in June 2018

The Cheddar Gorge Challenge comprised a number of different trail races organised by Relish Running Races as part of the The National Trust Top of the Gorge Festival.
We ran in the 6k trail race on 23rd June and then the half marathon on 24th June; both very hot days.

The route and climb graphics are shown below, captured by my Runkeeper app, give an indication of the challenge of each event. They may not have been as brutal as last year's Bath Running Festival Long Half Marathon, but the heat made them just as tough a challenge.

The Cheddar Gorge 6k Trail Race
Cheddar Gorge 6k Trail Race route

Cheddar Gorge 6k Trail Race route


Cheddar Gorge 6k Trail Race route profile

Cheddar Gorge 6k Trail Race route profile - Total climb 139 metres


Neil and Tahni with their Cheddar Gorge 6k Trail Race medals

Neil and Tahni with their Cheddar Gorge 6k Trail Race medals


Listening to bands at the Top of the Gorge Festival as the sun sets

Listening to bands at the Top of the Gorge Festival as the sun sets

The Cheddar Gorge Half Marathon
Cheddar Gorge Half Marathon route

Cheddar Gorge Half Marathon route


Cheddar Gorge Half Marathon route profile

Cheddar Gorge Half Marathon route profile - Total climb 534 metres


Down into the gorge

Down into the gorge


Running through lush greenery

Running through lush greenery


The infamous Hell Steps

The infamous Hell Steps


Looking down the gorge toward Cheddar

Looking down the gorge toward Cheddar


A gentle downhill stretch

A gentle downhill stretch


Here we go, uphill again!

Here we go, uphill again!


Trying to keep up with Tahni

Trying to keep up with Tahni


After 16k, Tahni and Neil at the highest point on the Mendip Hills

After 16k, Tahni and Neil at the highest point on the Mendip Hills (325m)


Tahni and Neil after 19k, near Blagdon

Tahni and Neil after 19k, near Blagdon


Tahni and Neil with their Cheddar Gorge Half Marathon medals

Tahni and Neil with their Cheddar Gorge Half Marathon medals


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