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.
How to enter the Stroud Trail Marathon & Half Marathon
- Run 35mi
- Run 26.2mi
- Run 13.1mi
- Run 6.55mi
Stroud Trail Marathon & Half Marathon routes
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.
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).
Questions & answers
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- Are the marathon and ultra self-navigating?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!
Stroud Trail Marathon & Half Marathon weather forecast
Drizzle throughout the day.
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