Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, local charity Caring for Communities & People (CCP) was forced to cancel its 2020 Cheltenham Challenge event, leaving a huge gap in funding. With restrictions set to be in place until June, CCP has confirmed that the 2021 event will be taking place virtually across 22nd & 23rd May.  

The challenge offers 5k, 10k and Half Marathon distance options and participants can choose to follow the live event routes available on the website, or undertake their own preferred route. Every entry to the virtual Cheltenham Challenge helps support the essential work of CCP. 

“We were very disappointed to have to cancel the event last year, but with the announcement of the first lockdown, it was absolutely the right decision,” adds Liz Thatcher, Race Director and CCP Engagement Manager. “The 2019 event saw 1200 participants enter raising over £12,000 to help those accessing CCP services. We are delighted to already have over 300 people signed up for the virtual event. Entry for the Half Marathon is £36, approximately 26,200 steps and that can help us to provide essential items for a homeless young person moving into our supported accommodation. Too often these young people arrive at our accommodation for a fresh start with just a black bin liner and a few clothes. We like to provide them with some new clothes, new bedding, a suitcase, stationery and more to make them feel valued and positive about the future.”  

“I love the atmosphere and the buzz around the Cheltenham Challenge and that it brings the community together; we are all really excited to replicate that online this year and give our supporters something to look forward to again!” 

Each participant in the event will receive their very own Cheltenham Challenge branded technical t-shirt and a finisher’s medal thanks to the event’s main sponsors, Eke Security, Finn Telecom and Officeworx.   

“We are always happy to help out where we can and pleased to be supporting CCP’s virtual event,” confirms John Eke, Managing Director of Eke Security. "We have a team together from the company and are raring to go. We are taking on a 10k route around Gloucester docks and can often be seen out in our red tops training"  

“We have supported CCP for years now, getting involved with all their events and appeals. Cheltenham Challenge has been a staple in our calendar where we usually run a water station and have staff participate,” explains Paul Berry, Director of Officeworx and Finn Telecom. “This year we are delighted to be a sponsor and cannot wait to see other local businesses and individuals taking on the challenge for such a great cause."  

To enter the CCP Cheltenham Challenge or for more information, please visit