Race to the Tower

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Conquer a monumental 52.4 miles along the stunning Cotswold Way. Setting off at Whiteshill, the route then takes you along the incredible trails of the Cotswold Way and finishes off at the 65 ft Broadway Tower with great views enabling you to look back at all that you’ve accomplished.
Double Marathon Non-Stop, Weekender, Day 1 – Saturday, and 1 more
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Sat 25th Jun 2022 - Sun 26th Jun 2022
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Whiteshill, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Whiteshill, Stroud GL6 6JR, UK
Start times
Sat 25th Jun 2022
Double Marathon Non-Stop:
7:30am |
7:30am |
Day 1 – Saturday:
Sun 26th Jun 2022
Day 2 – Sunday:
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Race to the Tower
Double Marathon Non-Stop
£125 - £215
Day 1 – Saturday
Day 2 – Sunday
Route information
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 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.
**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:
Route: Whiteshill to Basecamp
Distance: 26.2 miles
Elevation: 4,147ft
Setting off on this amazing journey from the 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 the incredible basecamp finish line! Celebrating with food, bars and a buzzy atmosphere, there is no greater feeling, we can assure you.
DAY 2:
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.
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What's included
  • Fully-signposted route
  • Loaded pit stops
  • On route medical support
  • Event timing from Results Base
  • Finishers medal
  • Bag transport to the finish for all participants
  • Online Map book with information about the route, views and landmarks
  • 2 Course meal at Basecamp
  • Showers
How to get there
Whiteshill, Stroud GL6 6JR, UK
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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
Shuttles are availalbe to/from key locations. The timetables and prices will be given closer to the event.
Please note: if you follow the link from the registration form or your confirmation email, your MyEvents Portal will appear slightly differently. Here, shuttles and parking can be found through the “Merchandise” button.
Parking is available at the below locations. This MUST be pre-booked and all permits visible on the dashboard on the day:
Parking for family and friends:
There will be a drop-off zone where your friends and family can drop you off for the event.
They are able to wait and watch you start provided they are no longer than 30 minutes. Please make sure that they are considerate to other participants being dropped off if they choose to leave their car and watch you start.
Event day logistics
Race Packs:
Your race packs will get sent out 1 week before 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.
Start Times:
SATURDAY – There will be a staggered start to reduce congestion on the first part of the route.
07:30 - 07:55: Runners start time
08:05 - 08:25: Walkers start time
SUNDAY – Participants can start any time between 6am and 7am (there are no designated start times per person).
Pit Stops:
NON-STOP – 9 pit stops
WEEKENDERS/1-DAY – 4 pit stops
Cut-Off Times:
NON-STOP – 8:00pm
WEEKENDER/1-DAY – Saturday: 10:00pm, Sunday: 8:00pm
Spectator Info
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.
What measures have been put in place to ensure a safe environment?
Visit https://www.thresholdtrailseries.com/covid-19/ for a full brief on the new measures.
Will there be live tracking at the Race to the Tower?
Yes, in partnership with Open Tracking, you can hire a GPS tracker for the duration of 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.
Will my bags be transported for me?
Bags will be transported for you from the start to your final destination each day. You’ll just drop bags in the morning and pick them up at the other end. It's advised that you carry a small rucksack with you.
Will there be camping available at the Race to the Tower?
Your tent will be pitched ready and waiting for you when you arrive at basecamp however you will need to bring your own sleeping bag. You are not permitted to provide your own tent and camp on site.
Is there an age minimum to enter?
Participants must be aged 16 years or above on race day to be allowed to enter the event and anyone under the age of 18 years (but over the age of 16 years) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
6 reviews
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Maria L
Did the race 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 race 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 race 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
Did the race in 2019
Really well organised event along breathtakingly beautiful trails. I would deffinitely do it again!!
Did the race in 2019
Fab eventPositives - 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 race 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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