Stroud Trail Marathon & Half Marathon

Sun 10th May 2020
12 King St, Stroud GL5 3DE, UK

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  • Trails
  • Hilly
  • Finisher’s t-shirt
  • Finisher’s medal
  • 200 participants

From the organizer

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The Stroud Trail Marathon and Half Marathon are a fabulous & challenging mixture of local trails, Cotswold hills, famous Towpaths, disused Railway Tracks, nationally acclaimed Common Land and of course the amazing views on the Cotswold Edge all in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Distances in this event

  1. Ultra Marathon

    Run 35mi
    6:00am Sun 10th May 2020
  2. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    8:00am Sun 10th May 2020
  3. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    10:30am Sun 10th May 2020
  4. Quarter Marathon

    Run 6.55mi
    11:30am Sun 10th May 2020
Course Maps
What’s Included
    Fully Marshalled
    Improved Route Markers
    Bespoke Medal
    Extra Timing Point
Course Details

Half Marathon -

From the start of the Stroud Trail Half, the route leaves the town centre and heads westward onto the Severn-Thames Canal towpath, past Ebley Warf, Stonehouse, Ryeford and on to Ocean Bridge (Checkpoint 3.5M).

The route leaves the Towpath and turns towards King Stanley, via Stanley Mill and over Ryeford East Road and onto the Old Cotswold Way. This is the beginning of a long ascent up onto Selsley Common, via Manor Farm, Middleyard (Checkpoint 5.9M) and up into Pen Woods.

The final section of the 600ft climb, follows the Cotswold Way towards Stroud and up onto Selsley Common and reaching the highest point in this run with a view looking across the Stroud Valley out towards the Severn Estuary and Forest of Dean (see photo. )

From the Peak of Selsley common a small switchback and over the B4066 and into the fields next to Dingle Woods, is the top of a long descent into South Woodchester and the Ram Inn, (Checkpoint 8.7M)

The route now joins the old disused Stonehouse to Nailsowrth Railway line (aka the Dudbridge Donkey Line) and heading towards Nailsworth. After about a mile, Dunkirk Mill comes into view and now leaving the Cycles Track, the next 600ft ascent is here to take runners up onto Minchinhampton Common and over to Amberley, (Checkpoint 11.1M).

So heading across Minchinhampton Common, the course steers past the Bear of Rodborough Hotel, across to Rodborough Common and back to Rodborough Fort. The route now takes a steep descent from Rodborough Common towards Stroud, under the Railway Viaduct and onto the Thames/Severn Canal Path, west along the Towpath and into the Town Centre to the finish.

Marathon -

From the start of the Stroud Trail Marathon, the route leaves the town centre and heads eastwards on the Severn-Thames towpath, up to Rodborough Common. Then through St Chloe’s woods and onto Amberley (Checkpoint 3.9M).

From here the route goes across Minchinhampton Common, towards Minchinhampton and to the Great Park. Here the route aims left, crosses the Cirencester Rd at Blue Boys Corner and straight over to the right of Besbury Common. After 400m, turning sharp right onto footpath as the lane descends steeply. The route continues towards Hyde and descends onto the Canal Path at St Mary’s Mill. The run now turns west back towards Stroud for about 3/4 mile where it goes under the main road at Olympic Varnish on Knapp Lane, (Checkpoint 6.1M)

The Loop in Toadsmoor Valley takes in some stunning variation of scenery, from lakes, woodland & hidden gems of the Cotswolds. The route goes from Lower Bourne, through Stringers Woods and over to the east of the Toadsmoor ponds, before heading back through Toadsmoor Woods just below the village of Eastcombe. Following the Streams to the biggest of the ponds before a magical ascent to Middle Lypiatt. Once on top the run now goes through Mackhouse Woods to, Quarhouse Lane, (Checkpoint 9.9M).

Following on from here the marathon runners go across to the Heavens, before descending through Dry Hill Wood. Now the course meets the towpath at Bowbridge Lock again, to head back into Stroud to pick up the Half Marathon Route (Checkpoint 12.3M).

Raceday Logistics

Race number collection

Registration will open from 5:30am from Race HQ, which inside the Shambles indoor market

UKA affiliated athletes and other Club members may be required to prove their Club Affiliation by showing their UKA licence or other respective ID at registration. Please remember your licence otherwise we may have to charge you the additional unaffiliated £2 on the day.

Attaching your Bib

Your Bib, which is also your timing chip, must be worn on the front of either your vest or shorts and must be visible at all times. If covered up it may not get registered on the Start/Finish line.

NOTE: Incorrect attachment may results in no finishing time

Safety briefing

Please assemble by the Start Line 10 minutes before your race time for a compulsory safety briefing, which will give you the latest update on the course and any issues you need to be aware.

The use of headphones or music players

The Race permit for this event strongly advises that runners do not wear personal headphones/earphones to listen to iPods, MP3 players, smartphones or other personal music players whilst participating in the event. Why? Running whilst wearing headphones/earphones significantly reduces your ability to hear traffic, individual vehicles, instructions and warnings from the police, marshals and other people, and generally distracts your attention, increasing the risk of accident or injury to yourself and possibly other people.

If however you choose to participate in the event using such a device you accept full responsibility for your own safety and for the safety of anyone else who may be affected by your acts or omissions.

NOTE: You must remove your ear plugs completely when approaching a Road Junction or Crossing and you will be disqualified if you don’t adhere to this request.


The following directions will take you to the recommended Car Park, Cheapside Car ParkFrom South Bath/Nailsworth on A46Follow the A46 into Stroud, and straight over Junction with A419/Dr Newtons Bypass. At next Mini-Roundabout turn right to Town Centre and Station. At next Roundabout straight over and past the Station Car Park and into Cheapside Car Park

From North (Cheltenham, Gloucester)

Follow sign for A46, Nailsworth and once through the Bus Station, take a left at Merrywalks Mini-Roundabout for Town Centre and Stations. Straight over next roundabout, passed the Station Car Park and into Cheapside Car Park

From M5

Follow signs for Stroud and Stroud Train Stations and continue to Merrywalks Roundabout. Straight over towards Town Centre and then straight over passed the Train Station Car Park and into Cheapside Car Park

From Cirencester & M4

Follow sign for Stroud A419 and after 11 Miles from Cirencester you will reach Stroud, take a left onto Stroud Bypass/Dr Newtons Way. At the roundabout, turn right towards Cheltenham.

At next Mini-Roundabouts turn right to Town Centre and Station. At next Roundabout straight over and past the Station Car Park and into Cheapside Car Park

Kit List

The trails have a wide variety of terrains so please bear this in mind when preparing your options for the day, as well as taking weather conditions into account.


Spectators are welcome!



RACE START: Ultra 6am / Marathon 8 / Half 10:30am/ Quarter 11:30am

Before you leave home -

We want you to have a great running experience, however, if you feel unwell before the start please seek medical advice, do not take part or or if you still wish to take part then please check your fitness and look at www.runnersmedicalresource.com for information and advice related to running events.

Please give yourself plenty of time to arrive, park and register. The last thing you want on event morning is to panic because you are running late (pun intended). We would suggest one hour before your event start time.

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Reviews (2)

4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    this was a great event and well marked course, i did feel that there should of been snacks other than sweets at the feed stations for the marathon and ultra at least as you would expect that on something as tough as this. greta event though
  • Did the Quarter Marathon in 2019

    Took three wrong turns due to poor signage/ similar signage for a different event. Needed more martial's. 270m of elevation means it's not one for PBs

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    Helen S16th Apr
    Are the marathon and ultra self-navigating?


    Steph E17th Apr
    Hey there, just to let you know that the course will lined with checkpoints which will be marshalled. The course will not be lined the entire way but you will not need to self-navigate. All the best!

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