The Cotswold Ultra

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£35.00 - £85.00Free injury protection
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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.
Participants
The Cotswold Ultra
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Calendar
Thu 11th Aug 2022
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LocationPin
Kemble, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Location
Kemble Station Car Park, Windmill Rd, Kemble, Cirencester GL7 6AW, UK
Start times
The Cotswold Ultra:
8:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for The Cotswold Ultra
Route information
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.
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 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.
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What's included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Event t-shirt
  • Trophies for top finishers
  • Checkpoint drinks and nibbles
Train
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 £35.00 per person. This includes pitch cost and tent hire.
Event day logistics
07:00 - 07:30 Registration
08:00 Race Starts
Registration
At registration you'll collect your race number and present your kit for examination.
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
  • OS Map or the organiser's downloadable maps are acceptable
  • Compass or GPS device
  • Whistle
  • Mobile phone
  • First Aid Kit
  • Reusable cup for checkpoints and water stations
Checkpoints
At the checkpoints there will be unlimited water and some nutritional nibbles. Please remember that all Ultra Running events are cup free so you should have a reusable cup with you. Competitors should not rely on the nibbles at the checkpoints to sustain them, they should have some food of their own with them.
All competitors must go through all checkpoints. Please ensure that the checkpoint attendant has recorded your race number or you could be disqualified.
FAQ's
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.
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Will I receive food during the race in The Cotswold Ultra?
There will be some nutritional nibbles at the checkpoints. You should also bring some food of your own on the course.
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Do all finishers get a medal at The Cotswold Ultra?
Yes, all finishers receive a bespoke medal.
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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.
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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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