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Stroud Trail Event

  • (This event has been postponed until further notice)

This event has been postponed


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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.

Review summary

2 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


julian k
"Took three wrong turns due to poor signage/ similar signage for a different..."


Andrew S
"this was a great event and well marked course, i did feel that there should of..."
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Stroud Trail Event routes

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Quarter Marathon -

A fantastic introduction to trail running through the incredible natural beauty of the Cotswolds. Beginning in the town centre of Stroud, runners join the Cotswold Canal towpath to Capels Mills and under the railway viaduct before turning right to begin the 450ft ascent to Rodborough Fort. Finish the ascent by coming onto Rodborough Common and descend into St. Chloe's Woods, which is carpeted with wild garlic. Enjoy a wonderful 1.5mi run through the woods before another ascent to Amberley and the 3.5mi checkpoint.

The route then heads across Minchinhampton Common, past the Bear of Rodborough Hotel, back across Rodborough Common and Rodborough Fort. Fly down the steep descent towards Stroud, underneath the viaduct, onto the Thames/Severn Canal Path, west along the towpath and into Stroud town centre to finish.

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 for the 3.5 mile checkpoint.

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 and the 5.9 mile checkpoint 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.

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, and the 8.7 mile checkpoint.

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, for the 11.1 mile checkpoint.

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 (3.9 mile checkpoint).

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, (6.1 mile checkpoint).

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, (9.9 mile checkpoint).

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 (12.3 mile checkpoint).

40 Mile Ultramarathon -

This event takes runners through an additional 14 miles of woodland, across fields and rolling hills, and gives you a complete experience of the heart of the Cotswolds.

Follow the marathon route up to 9.4 miles and then takes a 10 mile loop through Bishey, Oakridge, Sapperton, and Chalrford Valley, before rejoining the marathon route at 6.4 miles - though for ultra runners this will be 19.4 miles.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Bespoke finishers medal
  • Finishers t-shirt
  • Finishers goody bag
  • Awards for top three men and women in all distances
Raceday Logistics

Packet pickup: Race bibs can be collected at registration, on the day of the event.


05:30 Registration opens

07:50 Marathon and Ultra 40 race briefing

08:00 Marathon and Ultra 40 race start

10:20 Half marathon race briefing

10:30 Half marathon race start

11:20 Quarter marathon race briefing

11:30 Quarter marathon race start

20:00 Ultra 40 cutoff time

Please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to race start to allow plenty of time for registration and preparation.

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 at this event.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I wear my earphones during the Stroud Trail Event?
The Stroud Trail Event organisers strongly recommend not wearing headphones/earphones during the Stroud Trail Event.
Are there age limits for the races at the Stroud Trail Event?
Yes, the minimum age for participants in the quarter marathon is 15 years, 17 years for the half marathon, and 18 years for both the marathon and the ultra marathon.
Can I enter on the day of the Stroud Trail Event?
No, there are no on the day entries available at the Stroud Trail Event.
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Stroud Trail Event weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

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Meet the organizer

Go Outdoors, Get Active and Be Inspired. Allrunners Events is offering you opportunities to come and run or walk in an area of outstanding natural beauty. You can to try to beat a wave on the river Severn, enjoy stunning views in a marathon, run tough trails in the heat of August, race at night or dress up as Father Christmas? If you like the outdoors, then you'll like Allrunners Events

Stroud Trail Event 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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