Next Race: 08/05/2022

Sheppy's Cider Ltd, Three Bridges, Bradford on Tone, TAUNTON. TA4 1ER

Become a part of the heart of Somerset, experience the best cider from the best producers, and meet a community of like-minded people who work hard, play hard, and run hard too! 


Earn the party and join us for the 3rd edition of the world’s first running and cider festival!


With 12 ciders to taste on the Half Marathon (6 on the route, 6 at the finish) and 2 tasting stops on the 5K Forbidden Fruit Loop, you’ll be earning every step you take.


Included with each ticket.


  • A unique finishers medal
  • A t-shirt
  • 12 cider tasters for the Half Marathon, 2 for the 5K
  • A finishers pint


Both distances start and finish at Sheppy’s Cider in Taunton and will take place predominantly on closed roads with some short grass/trail sections. The Ciderthon Village, including bars, music and more, will remain open to all throughout the event!


This is NOT a timed event so participants should not expect to receive a result on completion of their respective category. Extra caution is recommended due to the challenges associated with running whilst consuming alcohol.


10% discount on each ticket is available for groups of 5 or more into either of the Half Marathon or 5K categories.


Further details will be communicated by email in the week leading up to the event.


Entry on the Day will not be available at this event. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable.


Bus Transfer


Buses will depart from Taunton town centre and operate a shuttle service to/from the start location. It is strongly recommended that seats be booked in advance for £7 during registration, or separately here, as on-the-day requests will be subject to availability and charged at £10 per person. Further information relating to the pickup location and shuttle schedule will be communicated to those who pre-register closer to the event.


Event Schedule


9:30 – 12:00 Registration Open
11:00 – 11:45 Half Marathon Start
11:45 – 12:15 5K Start
19:00 Bag Drop Closes
20:00 Festival Closes








COVID-19 Mitigation


These measures, together with other Covid-related requirements at our events, may be subject to revision in response to any change in the current public health guidance issued by the government or regulatory bodies.


NHS Test and Trace will be in operation at our events. Participants will be required to complete a health declaration prior to arrival and to check-in where possible using the NHS COVID-19 app (available to download in advance for iOS or Android). Any information obtained will be held for 21 days after an event only and will not be used for any other purpose. Participants may not be permitted on site if they fail to follow this process, the full details of which will be communicated in the week leading up to an event.


One-way navigation and social distancing signage will be present on site to facilitate adherence to official guidance. Queue markers must be observed at all times and sanitisation stations used as frequently as necessary.


Unless there have been any changes following communication of the final pre-event information, there will be no event briefing on the day. Participants should read the communication thoroughly to familiarise themselves with the event details.


Participants will start individually at 10-15 second intervals to maintain social distancing, with a recommended 15-minute arrival window allocated and communicated prior to the event. Participants from the same household/bubble will be permitted to start together (if participating in the same distance/category) and should follow the relevant instructions to arrive and/or start at the later of any times communicated (if different). Whilst running, participants should only overtake when there is enough room (at least 1m) to do so.


Once finished, participants should continue moving and follow signage and marshal directions to keep the area clear for other finishers. Any post-event rewards (medal, water etc.) will be self-service (following hand-sanitisation) to ensure there is no contact amongst staff and participants.


Participants are asked to review the UKA Participant Code of Conduct prior to their arrival.


Event Details


ALL RUNNERS MUST BE 18 OR OVER ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE. All participants will be asked to provide an acceptable form of Identification on arrival to confirm their age (Driving License, Passport). Participants who are unable to provide ID when requested will not be permitted to participate and no refunds will be offered to anyone refused entry for this reason.


Bib Numbers will only be available for collection at the event, participants should not expect to receive anything by mail. Participants will be required to present both their booking confirmation and suitable ID to confirm their age before collecting their number.

To be fastened to the front of your top using safety pins provided, your number should remain visible at all times. Without it, you will not be able to obtain cider at the relevant stops on the route, your medal, t-shirt or reclaim your baggage after you finish.


All finishers will receive a Medal and a T-shirt on completing their event.


Marshals will be present on the course throughout the event.


Course Markings, including arrows, tape, and distance markers, will be visible on the course where necessary.




Photography will be provided at this event, a link to which will be available on our website and communicated to all pre-registered participants within 24 hours of the event.


Suitable Medical Cover is provided at our events in case of a medical emergency. Participants must provide, during registration, details of any pre-existing medical conditions, disabilities, medication, or allergies that may be relevant in the administration of any medical assistance. Participants should also provide the same information on the reverse of their bib number (where applicable) prior to starting their event, marking a large, red X (or other contrasting colour, using the pens provided at registration) to the front of their number to alert the medical provider to any such information.


Bag Drop will be available at this event. Whilst we recommend bringing as little as possible, participants can leave essential belongings with us while they run using the tear-off baggage strip on their bib. They can then present their number after the event to retrieve their item(s).


Cider and Water Stations will be available on the route.


Toilets and sanitisation stations will be available in the event village for use throughout the event. Toiletswill also be available on the route at approximately 1.5 miles and every 2 miles after.


Refreshments are expected be available throughout the event from Sheppy’s House of Cider Café.


There are no dedicated Changing Rooms/Showers at this event.


Lost Property from an event will be kept for one month. If unclaimed, or ownership cannot be determined, lost property items will be donated to charity.


Other Information


The pushing of persons in any device is prohibited (including, but not limited to, a Wheelchair, BuggyPushchairStroller or similar).


Spectators are permitted at this event.


Participants must not be accompanied by a personally owned or controlled Dog during an event. Entries may be accepted from participants with medical assistance dogs, subject to them being correctly registered and identifiable as such, and subject to prior approval by the Event Director.


This event is not suitable for Wheelchair Users.


The use of Earphones/Headphones is prohibited throughout this event.


With respect to a Time-Limit for this event, in order that we adhere to the restrictions imposed by the venue hire agreement, it may be necessary for us to begin deconstruction of the course and/or start/finish area at approximately 20:00 to facilitate our departure from the premises by the agreed time. If participants are unable to complete their event by this time, they may be asked to end their participation early.




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Ciderthon May 2022

  • 08/05/2022, 11:00

    Half Marathon

  • 08/05/2022, 12:00

    5K Forbidden Fruit Loop




Limited parking at Sheppy's is availablle and must be pre-booked during registration, or separately here. For details on planning your journey, please visit


A bus service will be offered from Taunton to and from Sheppy's Cider. Buses will depart from the town centre and operate as a shuttle service to/from the start location. It is strongly recommended that seats be booked in advance for £7 during registration, or separately here, as on-the-day requests will be subject to availability and charged at £10 per person. Further information relating to the pickup location and shuttle schedule will be communicated to those who pre-register closer to the event.

If you're travelling on Sunday morning, make sure you leave enough time to travel by train and get to the start line, so that you can register on time. You will need to arrive at the start line at least an hour beforehand to get your race number safely.

Daily coach services including Berry's, Falcon, Megabus and National Express coaches run between Taunton and many major airports, towns and cities throughout the UK. 


There are several taxi companies operating in Taunton and the local area which will be available from the start line and the train station:

​Taunton Taxi Services - 01823 248248
Leo Taxis - 01823 924400
A Cabs Taunton - 01823 429406

Further details will also be communicated to all pre-registered participants prior to the event.