Race Date: September 2014
Race the Cotswold Way end-to-end. In 2014, the race goes southbound.
Entries Open early 2014
Do the Distance:
|Male: Simon Baker||21:11|
|Male Vet (40+): Steve Adams||23:23|
|Female: Sarah Burns-Morwood||21:51|
|Female Vet (35+): Hayley Stockwell||27:25|
|Cotswold Way Century Pictures|
Simply put, it's the Cotswold Way. Start in Chipping Campden at the Village Hall, stop in Bath at Bath Abbey, follow the signs marked "Cotswold Way".
Although we may add occasional markings near check points or where the route has more than 1 option, please plan on the only route markings being the existing Cotswold Way markers (follow the acorn).
Ultra-runner Carl Zalek (@RunningCarl) has kindly shared his pictures of the Cotswold Way. Have a look to get an idea of what's in store - although he may not have photographed many of the hills!
Cotswold Way, Full Route
|Distance (Approx.)||102 miles|
|Total Ascent (Approx.)||10,600ft|
A Harvey Map will be sent to each entrant*.
* Please keep an eye on the National Trail website for route diversions if you're reconnoitering the route in advance. http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/cotswold/
|Cutoffs||Finish: 30 hours
~53 miles: 15 hours
~86 miles: 25 hours
In case nobody mentioned it - it's a bit hilly.
Check points will be placed at convenient intervals where the route is on or near a road. Water, cola, and TORQ Energy drink will be available at each check. A variety of sweet and savoury snacks will also be available at the check points. Be reminded, though, that it may take a couple of hours to get from one stop to the next, so participants must carry a drink throughout (see Mandatory Kit). Runners will be able to leave drop bags for some check points, to avoid the need to carry an entire day's food from the start.
Drop bags & Bag for finish: We are happy to take a bag to the finish from registration for each runner. We will have tags at registration so you can tag your bags with your number. The drop bag points at 25 & 53 miles are serviced by a vehicle going from start to finish, so we recommend that you use one bag for these two CPs and the kit you'd like taken to the finish. The timings for the 78mi drop bag mean that this should be a separate bag, as the CP will close after many have already finished. All drop bags will get to the finish.
|Location||Approx. Mileage||OS Reference||Nearby Postcode||Drop Bag||Food||Hot Drinks|
|Chipping Campden Village Hall||0 - Start||SP 152 391||GL55 6HB||N/A||No||For purchase|
|Stumps Cross||12||SP 075 303||GL54 5SB||No||Yes||No|
|Back of Cleeve Hill||25||SO 991 224||GL54 4ER||Yes||Yes||No|
|Car Park at Birdlip||39||SO 931 153||GL4 8JX||No||Yes||Yes|
|Standish Wood Car Park||53||SO 831 085||GL6 6PP||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Stinchcombe Hill Car Park||63||ST 743 983||GL11 6AQ||No||Yes||Yes|
|Little Sodbury||78||ST 757 832||BS37 6QB||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Tormarton Picnic Area||87||ST 755 777||BS37 6EJ||No||Yes||Yes|
|Greenway Lane, Cold Ashton||93||ST 745 724||SN14 8LA||No||Yes||Yes|
|High Street, Weston*||99||ST 727 663||BA1 4BX||No||No||No|
|Finish - Bath Abbey||102||ST 751 648||BA1 1LT||No||No||No|
|Post-race HQ: Hilton Bath City||.25mi from finish||BA1 5BJ||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Food: We generally put out a selection of sweets & savouries. Typical fare in the past has included flapjacks, peanut butter sandwiches, crisps, nuts, pretzels, gummy sweets, jelly babies, fig rolls, ginger nuts. An inventory of this type is the minimum you should expect to find where the table shows "Yes" for food. We'll bias additional items more towards "food" at the early CPs, with things like cocktail sausages and pork pies, then gently migrate towards a bias of "sugary" stuff towards the end.
Hot Drinks: We'll be breaking out the camp stoves & thermal flasks to make hot/warm drinks available at some of the check points. Tea, coffee, or instant soup will form the backbone of your re-warming delights.
What You Get
In addition to a map of the Cotswold Way, spot prizes, drinks and nibbles at the check points, entrants will receive a technical T-shirt and TORQ gel at race registration. Finishers will receive a memento of their achievement. Entrants will also receive a discount code for www.ULTRAMarathonRunningStore.com that is valid until October 1st.
There will be a coach on Saturday morning from Bath to Chipping Campden. You can buy a seat in the online shop.
The coach will leave Bath's Landsdown Park & Ride car park BA1 9BJ at approximately 9:15 and take you to Chipping Campden, where registration takes place in the Town Hall.
Parking at the Park & Ride is at your own risk - we take no responsibility for your vehicles or their contents. The bus stop for the Park & Ride is very near post-race HQ at the Hilton, with frequent service and free parking. For those runners who finish near the 30hr cutoff, we'll get you back to your car after the bus service stops.
For more info about the car park, see http://visitbath.co.uk/dbimgs/First_Bath_Park&Ride(1).pdf.
Your supporters are welcome to trail about and cheer you on throughout the event - so long as they are not obstructing traffic or irritating the locals (especially overnight!). Supporters must park legally and with care and consideration for other road users. As well as the check point locations above, supporters may also appreciate stopping off at Broadway Tower, Winchcombe, Cleeve Hill, Leckhampton Hill, Painswick, Dursley, North Nibley, Wotton-under-Edge, and the handy layby near Bath Race Course on Freezinghill Lane. Please be aware that Crickley Hill Country Park will close by 21:30.
Parking in Bath can be a hassle. If you have support crew following you, they may find the park & ride in Landsdown a convenient way to see you finish. Be aware that the final bus back is at 18:00 on Sunday.
Race held under UK Athletics Rules, permit granted by the TRA (#142-13)
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.