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The Cotswold Ultra

£30.00 - £80.00Free injury protection
Event summary

Take on the first leg of one of the toughest runs in the UK. This 44 mile Ultra along the Thames Path is perfect for ambitious trail runners. The epic course is mostly flat and hugs the river for much of its length, producing stunning scenery throughout.

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How to enter

Tickets available until Tue Aug 03 2021

What's included:

  • Finisher's medal
  • Event t-shirt
  • Trophies for top finishers
  • Checkpoint food and drink
The Cotswold Ultra
8:00am Thu 5th Aug 2021

Run 45mi

£30.00 - £80.00
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Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Do I have to complete the whole Thames Challenge?
No absolutely not. Entrants are able to enter each section of the race independently from the whole run, so if you don't fancy the whole run, you're more than welcome to enter a section separately.… read more
FAQ
Will I receive food during the race in The Cotswold Ultra?
Yes you will receive food at the 4 check points throughout the day, including malt loaf, sandwiches and soft drinks.… read more
FAQ
Do all finishers get a medal at The Cotswold Ultra?
Yes, all finishers receive a bespoke medal.… read more
Route description
Route description

The Thames Challenge is an 184 mile race along the longest riverside path in England. The whole event is split into 4 stages, over 4 days, making it a gruelling event for runners.

If you don't feel like tackling the whole route, you're welcome to take on just 1 stage of the race. Here with the The Cotswold Ultra, runners will take on the first stage of the event.

Stage 1

Distance 44.2 miles Total ascent 76 metres Total descent 125 metres

After a short trek from Kemble Station, along the Thames Path to the source, competitors retrace their steps back towards the start then continue on The Thames Path through Somerford Keynes and on towards Cricklade.

From Castle Eaton village the route strays from the river until Black ford Farm where it re-joins the Thames briefly before again departing over meadows until meeting again just before Lechlade.

Taking in several meanders, beautiful bridges and locks going through Shifford Lock, and Newbridge, the route eventually arrives at Bablock Hythe which is the conclusion of The Cotswold Ultra.

Checkpoint Food

It is asked that entrants do not rely on the checkpoints to sustain them, and bring their own food and drink for the route. An example of the food on offer at the checkpoints are:

  • Malt loaf
  • Jam
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cheese and marmite sandwiches
  • Sweets
  • Squash and Coca Cola

Checkpoints

Competitors must go through all check points and it is their sole responsibility to ensure that the check point attendant has recorded their race number. Id you do not do this at any check point it will mean you have failed to complete the race and you will be disqualified.

The Thames Challenge

The whole event is split into 4 stages, over 4 days, making it a gruelling event for runners. You can enter the whole Challenge or any of the individual stages.

Logistics and schedule

07:00 - 07:30 Registration

08:00 Race Starts

Cut-off Times

Runners must complete the race faster than 4mph average. If this isn't achieved you will be withdrawn from the race.

Age Restrictions

Runners must be at least 18 years old to take part.

Mandatory Kit

  • Backpack or equivalent
  • Head Torch with spare batteries
  • OS Map or the organiser's downloadable maps are acceptable
  • Compass or GPS device
  • Whistle
  • Mobile phone
  • First Aid Kit
How to get there

Kemble Station Car Park, Windmill Rd, Kemble, Cirencester GL7 6AW, UK

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Start & Finish

Competitors must be self-sufficient in their transportation to the start of the race and also at completion of the event.

By Car

Kemble Station is situated just south west of Cirencester and can be accessed from the A429.

By Train

Kemble Train Station is right next to the start of Stage 1.

Accommodation

Camping facilities are available, at an additional cost of £30.00 per person. This includes pitch cost and tent hire.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Do I have to complete the whole Thames Challenge?
No absolutely not. Entrants are able to enter each section of the race independently from the whole run, so if you don't fancy the whole run, you're more than welcome to enter a section separately.
FAQ
Will I receive food during the race in The Cotswold Ultra?
Yes you will receive food at the 4 check points throughout the day, including malt loaf, sandwiches and soft drinks.
FAQ
Do all finishers get a medal at The Cotswold Ultra?
Yes, all finishers receive a bespoke medal.
FAQ
Is there a cut-off time at The Cotswold Ultra?
Runners must complete the race faster than 4mph average. If this isn't achieved you will be withdrawn from the race.
FAQ
Can I book camping at The Cotswold Ultra?
Camping facilities are available, at an additional cost of £30.00 per person. This includes pitch cost and tent hire.
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The Cotswold Ultra
8:00am Thu 5th Aug 2021
£30.00 - £80.00

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