The Cotswold Way Century

Race Date: September 27, 2014

 Race the Cotswold Way end-to-end.  In 2014, the race goes southbound.  

2013 Results


Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirement:  For your entry to be accepted, you need to have completed an ultra of 40+ miles within the previous 18 months.  If you haven't met this requirement, please don't enter.  If your entry is rejected due to failure to satisfy the organisers you have met this requirement, your fee will be refunded less a £10 administration / transaction fee. 

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(minimum age: 21)  See who's entry has been confirmed

Entries close September 2nd or when 100 entrant limit is reached. 

 

2013 Winners:

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

 

Pictures: 

Cotswold Way Century Pictures

By CM Running Photography

By Cotswold Running 

 

Route Details

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

 Start Time  12:00
 Distance (Approx.)  102 miles 
 Total                                Ascent (Approx.)  10,600ft
 Route Data

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/

 After many hours of point & click, we've got an improved Cotswold Way Century GPS track for you. GPS Data from GPSies

 Cutoffs Finish: 30 hours
 ~27 miles:  7 hours
 ~53 miles:  15 hours
 ~86 miles:  25 hours

  
 In case nobody mentioned it - it's a bit hilly. 

Check Points 

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 Race Rules).   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.  
All drop bags will get to the finish.

(Please Note: additional points may be added or locations altered by race day)

 Location Approx. Mileage   OS Reference  Nearby Postcode  Drop Bag Food  Hot Drinks 
 Chipping Campden School 0 - HQ SP 152 391  GL55 6HB  N/A No  For purchase
 Stumps Cross 12  SP 075 303   GL54 5SB  No Yes No
Aggs Hill 27  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
 TBC  TBC          
 Little Sodbury 80  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
* Runners are welcome to have 1 non-participant run along with them from the final check point in Weston to the finish.  We know it's nice to finish off a big run with family/friends, so enjoy it.  Non-participants may not carry anything for the runner or in any way impede other participants.  Non-participants may not attempt to stop traffic for runners.  Please keep group sizes down as you work through Bath - especially once it starts to get busy.

 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 drinks and nibbles at the check points, entrants will receive a technical T-shirt 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. 

 

Getting There

There will be a coach on Saturday morning from Bath to Chipping Campden.  You can purchase a seat as part of the registration process.

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 Chipping Campden School.

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, with frequent service and free parking. For those runners who plan to finish near the 30hr cutoff, you may wish to use a different location, as the lot may be locked after 7pm on Sunday.

For more info about the car park, see http://visitbath.co.uk/dbimgs/First_Bath_Park&Ride(1).pdf.

 

Supporters

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 Rules - Click to download, then read them! 

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


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.