Race Date: September 26, 2015
Race the Cotswold Way end-to-end. In 2015, the race goes southbound.
Minimum Entry Requirement: For your entry to be accepted, you need to have completed an ultra of 40+ miles after March 31st 2014. 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.
Entries for 2015 will open in early 2015.
4 Point Qualifier for: The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®
|Male: Nathan Montague||19:31|
|Female: Mel Hawker||24:10|
|Cotswold Way Century 2013 Pictures
|Cotswold Way Century 2014 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.)||12,100ft|
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 (Aggs Hill CP): 7 hours
~47 miles (Painswick RFC CP): 13 hours
~87 miles (Tormarton Picnic Area CP): 25.25 hours
No, really, it is this hilly. Look at the finish line pictures - see all those tired faces? It's hard. And hilly. 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 and cola 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: Locations may 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||13||SP 075 303||GL54 5SB||No||Yes||No|
|Aggs Hill||27||SO 991 224||GL54 4ER||Yes||Yes||No|
|Car Park at Birdlip||38 .5||SO 931 153||GL4 8JX||No||Yes||Yes|
|Painswick RFC (Indoors!)||47.5||SO 860 093||GL6 6RS||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Car Park at Frocester Hill||58.5||SO 794 012||GL11 5AU||No||Yes||Yes|
|Wooton-under-Edge||70.5||ST 759 933||GL12 7HF||No||Yes||Yes|
|Horton Primary School||80||ST 762 843||BS37 6QP||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Tormarton Picnic Area||87||ST 755 777||BS37 6EJ||No||Yes||Yes|
|Greenway Lane, Cold Ashton||92||ST 745 724||SN14 8LA||No||Yes||Yes|
|High Street, Weston*||99.5||ST 727 663||BA1 4BX||No||No||No|
|Finish - Bath Abbey||102||ST 751 648||BA1 1LT||No||No||No|
|Post-race HQ: YMCA (showers available)||.25mi from finish||BA1 5LH||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.
Hot Food: We will have a vegetarian chili or similar dish available at Painswick RFC, and bacon rolls at Tormarton.
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.
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 final bus out is at 6pm.
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 (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.