The Donnington Way 105 is a single-stage, 105Km, multi-terrain race that starts and finishes at the Black Bear Inn, Moreton-in-Marsh. A parallel relay event will cover the same course, starting a little after the ultra has begun. The route primarily follows the "Donnington Way", a network of roads, footpaths, tracks, and bridleways researched in the 1990s by Colin Handy, which connects the Donnington Brewery and all of its public houses. The footing includes some road, stone track, grass paths, and a few soft muddy sections. The route will be marked, with marshals at a few key points along the way.

Date: February 2, 2013 

 Donnington Way 105 Results


Male:      Peter Heald13:03:11
Female:   Karen Hathaway14:10:03


Route Details

The route is a single loop, with a few short sections of repeated road that allow access to the check points.  It takes in sections of several long-distance paths including The Cotswold Way, The Diamond Way, The Winchcombe Way, The Wardens Way, The Windrush Way, Macmillan Way, The Heart of England Way, and The Monarch's Way.  The course weaves among the northern Cotswolds through picturesque villages like Snowshill, Blockley, Temple Guiting, and Great Barrington as well as the market towns of Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden, Broadway, and Stow-on-the-Wold.  With check points at various public houses en-route, there will even be a few opportunities to take a short break from the February weather if you need to.





 Start Time  07:30  09:00
 Distance (Approximate)   65.8 miles   65.8 miles 
 Total Ascent  5700 feet  5700 feet
 Route Data  Google MapOS Getamap  
Download  GPX, KML
 Cut-off Details  Distance from Start (approx)  Cut-off Time
   17.5mi  11:30

 37.2mi  16:15
   51mi  19:30
   59mi  21:30


Check Points 

Check points will be placed at convenient intervals where the route is on or near a road.  Water will be available at each check, and TORQ Energy drink will be available at a few of the later ones.  Be reminded, though, that it may take more than an hour to get from one water stop to the next, so participants must carry a drink throughout (see Mandatory Kit).  There will be sweets and a selection of snacks available at the checkpoints from 6.5 miles onwards, but you are advised to carry some emergency energy food.  Ultra runners will be able to have drop bags at some of the check points.

Additional Mandatory Kit

Most runners are likely to experience some parts of the course in darkness.  Therefore, all participants in the ultra and all relay runners for any leg starting after 16:00 are required to have a working torch (head or hand-held) in case the light fades before they reach the finish. 


What You Get - Ultra

In addition to a marked course through fantastic countryside, and some nibbles at the check points, entrants will receive a technical T-shirt and TORQ gel at race registration and will also receive a discount code for ULTRAMarathonRunning Store that is valid until race day.  Finishers will receive a medal.   


What You Get - Relay (teams of 5 or 10)

In addition to a marked course through fantastic countryside, and some nibbles at the check points, each runner will receive a  T-shirt and TORQ gel at race registration.

Race Rules - solo ultra download

Race Rules - relay download 

Race held under UK Athletics Rules, permit granted by the TRA (Permit applied for)  

Getting There

The nearest train station is Moreton-in-Marsh, which is around the corner from race HQ.  Moreton-in-Marsh is located on the A44 between Oxford and Worcester, and is easily accessible from the M40, M5, and A46.



At Cotswold Running, we are proud of our local area and want you to experience as much of it as possible.  Wherever we can, we set our routes to include stunning views and challenging terrain.  As a result, the courses may have a bonus mile or two so that you can take in that extra wooded track or steep hill.