Race to the Tower

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Conquer the Cotswolds. Take on the Tower.

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4.8
6 Reviews
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Archie P
"Great event with some awesome scenery. Everyone who supported the race was..."

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Paul B
"Fantastic race. Extremely hard - definitely the hardest of all 3 Threshold..."

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Maria L
"We did this event in 2019 and it was amazing, so incredibly well organised from..."
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Distances in this event

  1. Double Marathon Non-Stop

    Run 52.4mi
    £119
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  2. Weekender

    Run 52.4mi
    £99–£189
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  3. Day 1 – Saturday

    Run 26.2mi
    £59–£139
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  4. Day 2 – Sunday

    Run 26.2mi
    £59–£139
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Race to the Tower routes

WEEKENDER:

The ultimate weekend exploring the trails and relaxing and rejuvenating at our halfway point.

Route: Whiteshill to Broadway Tower
Distance: 52.4 miles
Elevation: 7,476ft

Setting off from our impressive start line alongside your fellow trekkers, you will experience the testing climbs and challenging ascents of the Chilterns. Rewarded at the top with breathtaking views and stunning scenery, we can assure you there is no climb not worth the effort along this route!

Rest after a challenging first day at our basecamp with an ice cold drink in one hand and a foam roller in the other as you recover ready for the Sunday. Heading back out in to the rolling hills early morning, there is no greater sight than seeing Broadway Tower looming in the horizon as you make your way up the final climb to the finish line.

NON-STOP:

52.4 miles. 1 day. An unforgettable journey.

Route: Whiteshill to Broadway Tower
Distance: 52.4 miles
Elevation: 7,476ft

Setting off from Whiteshill near Arundel, you will venture into the challenging Cotswolds full of rolling fields, stunning countryside and breathtaking views on every hill top.

From Devil’s Chimney to Hailes Abbey, your journey promises to be rich in both history and in incredible scenery. Trekking through day and night, there is no greater test of both mental and physical endurance than to see if you can conquer the Cotswolds and finish smiling, medal in hand, at the iconic Broadway Tower.

DAY 1:

Trail Marathon along the stunning Cotswold Way.

Route: Whiteshill to Basecamp
Distance: 26.2 miles
Elevation: 4,147ft

Setting off on this amazing journey from our start line at Whiteshill, you will feel instantly at home amongst other like-minded trekkers.

Conquering the climbs of the Cotswolds, you will be rewarded by incredible views as far as the eye can see. The only thing better than this will be the feeling you get when you cross the finish line at our incredible basecamp finish line! Celebrating with food, bars and a buzzy atmosphere, there is no greater feeling, we can assure you.

DAY 2:

Trail Marathon finishing at the renowned Broadway Tower.

Route: Basecamp to Broadway Tower
Distance: 26.2 miles
Elevation: 3,329ft

Heading off from the basecamp early Sunday morning, you will be venturing out in to the stunning hillside of the Cotswolds. Rich in history and breathtaking scenery alike, you could want for nothing more on this incredible journey!

Finishing with a steep ascent to the breathtaking Broadway Tower, it is the perfect site to complete this fantastic challenge! Standing in the shadow of this iconic building, there is no greater place to stop and reflect on everything you have accomplished.

Event details

  • Trails
  • Undulating
  • Mixed
  • Finisher’s medal
  • 2000 participants

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If you are looking to test your hill running, jogging or walking ability, you have come to the right place! The 52.4 mile route is guaranteed to challenge every muscle in your body as you attempt to conquer the stunning climbs of the Cotswold Way.

Starting just outside of Stroud in a field 248 metres above sea level, you will be faced with a combination of gentle and steep ascents up the likes of Crickley Hill and Cleeve Hill. Not to worry, the incredible views will keep you energised and make it all worthwhile!

We will be with you every step of the way, ensuring you never go hungry or thirsty with our regular pit stops, all manned by our friendly and highly approachable event crew and medics.

We will do our absolute best to get you all the way to the breathtaking finish line at Broadway Tower. All you need to decide is whether to take it on in one go or split it into two days across the weekend.

What’s Included

Taking on a challenge such as this can be pretty daunting, so we are here to guide you through every query or worry you may have. From the moment you sign up, we will be on hand to help, whether that’s providing training plans for you to follow, sending you our top tips or just to be a friendly face out on the trails.

PRE-EVENT:

Whether you are walking or running this fabulous challenge, we have the perfect training plan tailored to the distance you are undertaking:
– Monthly emails sent straight to your inbox with our top tips and essential event information
– Exclusive offers from our event partners and suppliers
– Top tips, information guides and anything else you could possibly need, we are there to give you advice on how to make the most of this challenge
– Event team on hand to answer any questions you may have

ON EVENT:

Fully-signposted route
Loaded pit stops
On route medical support
Event timing from Results Base
Finisher's medal
Bag transport to the finish for all participants
Map book with information about the route, views and landmarks

BASECAMP:

2-course meal
Relax and recharge area
Hot showers
Massage
Access to basecamp bars and concessions

PIT STOPS:

Sports nutrition and hydration from High5
Toilets
Food and drinks
Water fill-up points
Rest areas

MEDICAL:

Team of basecamp doctors
Paramedics out on the route
Medics located at pit stops
Massage therapists at basecamp
Raceday Logistics

Addresses:

Start address: Bird in the Hand Farm, Main Road, Whiteshill, Stroud, GL6 6JR
Basecamp (midway point and Day 2 start): Colgate Farm, Ham Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, GL54 4EZ
Finish address: Broadway Tower, Broadway, WR12 7LB

Age Limits:

Participants must be aged 16 years or above by the start of the event to be allowed to enter the event.

Participants under the age of 18 years (but over the age of 16 years) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for health and safety reasons.

Team Entry:

Teams of friends: as we need all medical and dietary info from each participant we need each individual to register individually. There will be a section on the registration form that allows you to write in your team name, so that we can link you with your other team mates. This is important so that we know to put you in the same camping zone for the event.

Corporate teams: if you are interested in entering a corporate team, please contact us at [email protected] We can invoice your company for the places so the individuals don’t have to pay on registration when signing up. We will also let you know how we can support your pre-event experience on elements such as kit design and training days.

Race Pack:

Your race packs will be posted out to you around 1 week before the the event start date.

If you are travelling from overseas, you will not receive your pack in the post and you will need to pick it up from the registration desk on the day. This is also the case for anyone who registers after 19th June.

The race pack will include your bib number with safety pins, a luggage label and your participant wristband. If you booked parking before 19th June, you will receive your permit in your race pack.

If you have any questions about your pack, please head to the Info Desk on the day of the event.

Start Times:

SATURDAY –
We will be running a staggered start so as to reduce congestion on the first part of the route. You will have chosen your start time when registering for the event.

The start times for 2020 on the Saturday morning are between 7:30am-8:35am with the faster runners setting off in the earliest wave groups. We recommend you arrive 30-45 mins before you start time.

You are able to change start wave up until one month before the event. This needs to be a request sent by email

SUNDAY – 
On the Sunday participants can start any time between 6am and 7am (there are no designated start times per person).

Prizes:

We will be awarding prizes for the fastest males and female for each distance.

To compete for first place, and be in with a chance of winning the trophy you will need to set off in the first wave group (A).

If you have chosen a different wave group but would like to qualify for a chance to win please let us know a minimum of one month in advance of the event so that we can put you in the correct wave group.

Bag Transport:

We will transport your bags for you from the start to your final destination each day. In your registration pack you will be given a luggage label with your participant number on it to attach to any luggage so it is easy to find at the end of the day. You’ll just need to drop bags with us in the morning and it will be there for you to pick them up at the other end.

Camping:

Your tent will be pitched ready and waiting for you when you arrive at basecamp and you will collect your sleeping mat when you check in to tent allocation.

You will need to bring your own sleeping bag.

Tents are 2 man pop up tents (allocated one per person) so if you are participating in a couple you can opt to put your bags in one tent and yourselves in another.

You are not permitted to provide your own tent and camp on site.

All basecamp space is reserved for the event set up and event vehicles. If you wish to camp overnight on site you will need to book the relevant package.

Pit Stops:

NON-STOP – 
For those running Non-Stop there will be approximately 7 pre-determined pit stops.

WEEKENDERS/1-DAY – 
Each day there will be approximately 3 pre-determined pit stops.

All the pit stops provide snacks, drinks, toilets and first aid facilities. These are designed to give you a short rest break (max. 20 mins) and refuel you for the next stage of the event. The exact distances and cut off times will be shared with you in the lead up to the event.

Please note: we ask that you don’t arrange to meet friends and family at pit stops as they can become very crowded if each participant has supporters there as well. Instead we recommend they meet you at the base camp or away from the event pit stops.

Cut-Off Times:

NON-STOP – 
The route is open from Saturday 18th July, 7.30am until Sunday 19th July, 8.00pm

WEEKENDER/1-DAY – 
The route is open from 7.30am to 10.00pm on Saturday 18th July, and Sunday 19th July from 6.00am to 8.00pm

Please note: each pit stop will have a cut-off time (determined closer to the start of the event). If you miss the cut-off time, regardless of the route opening times, you will be liable for disqualification.

Kit List
There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. There is nowhere where this rings truer than England so you need to be prepared for anything from hot sun to torrential rain.

We will send a kit list before the event with more detailed guidance but basic kit should consist of: trail trainers/boots, socks, a short and long sleeve breathable sport top, a waterproof shell jacket, sun hat, woolly hat, gloves.

We provide transport for a bag to the finish line, so you don’t need to carry too much.
Spectators

Cheering fans are encouraged! The route is open to all, however please note that the pit stops will be closed off to prevent overcrowding.

Spectators are allowed into the basecamp. Limited parking will be available for them. All non-overnight participants will need to be off the basecamp site by 10.00pm.

FAQs

How much training am I expected to do?

This is dependent on how much exercise you do currently. We provide you with comprehensive training plans for all distances for both running and walking.

You will also be provided with training advice to ensure you are in the best possible shape. Other than that we recommend regular, consistent training – give yourself enough weeks to train but don’t overdo it!

Will there be live tracking?

In partnership with Open Tracking, you can now hire a GPS tracker for the duration of the event!

Your tracker will provide accurate location data, available online for your friends and family to view, so they can see how well you’re progressing along the route. This is NOT linked to your event timing but it does mean your supporters can see more accurately where you are throughout the event and how close you are to the finish line!

Links to book this will be made available closer to the event.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs (aside from assistance dogs) are not permitted on the route as part of the event, due to the volume of people on the trail and the challenging nature of the course. Participants will do a lot of training in the run up to the event, and we cannot ensure that dogs have the stamina to complete the route or be responsible for them.

Dogs are only allowed on certain basecamps due to the health and safety regulations on the farms, so please email us directly if you would like to find out which basecamps they will be able to visit.

Race to the Tower weather forecast

Drizzle throughout the day.

21°C
Predicted highs
15°C
Predicted lows
IconHigh chance of rain
IconLight breeze possible, up to 8mph

Race to the Tower reviews (6)

4.8 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

Reasons people recommend this event

Stunning scenery

Friendly atmosphere

Challenging course

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    Maria L

    Did the Double Marathon Non-Stop in 2019

    We did this event in 2019 and it was amazing, so incredibly well organised from start to finish and the volunteers at each pit stop were just terrific, pit stops were also stocked with everything you could ever need, it was a great event organised perfectly, well done to everybody involved.
  • Did the Double Marathon Non-Stop in 2019

    This was my first ultra. Even though it was though and very hilly I loved every part of it. The atmosphere was great, the support at the pitstops was really good. The selection of food and drinks was brilliant and everything you wanted from sweet to savoury. Everyone was so supportive even though late at night. I loved it so much that I signed up for the King two weeks later.
  • Did the Double Marathon Non-Stop in 2019

    Great event with some awesome scenery. Everyone who supported the race was super helpful. It was a bit of a logistical nightmare getting your car back as it’s a non looped course but the route made up for it
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  • Did the Double Marathon Non-Stop in 2019

    Really well organised event along breathtakingly beautiful trails. I would deffinitely do it again!!
  • Did the Double Marathon Non-Stop in 2019

    Fab event
    Positives - shuttle finish to start after run on a bus was brilliant. Pit crew all good but some were superb (2&7). Showers at the finish were great!
    Things to consider - although there was lots at the pitstops the variety was less than RTTS last year. Pit stop 4 was really poor for those of us on non-stop!! Paying for food at the finish was a bad choice (especially considering the cost of entry) and was poor quality and overly priced!
  • Did the Double Marathon Non-Stop in 2019

    Fantastic race. Extremely hard - definitely the hardest of all 3 Threshold Races. The organisation is second to none and the pitstops are brilliant.
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