Date: 5th August 2021
Total distance – 44.2 miles
Total ascent – 76 metres
Total descent – 125 metres
Distance – 44.2 miles
Competitors of the Thames Challenge & the Cotswold Ultra, must arrive at Kemble Station for registration and equipment checks between 7:00 and 7:30. Race start will be 8:00 following a race brief. Full details of options for getting to the source will be provided later, but all competitors must be self-sufficient in this respect.
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, pretty bridges and locks, going through Shifford Lock, and Newbridge, eventually arriving at Bablock Hythe which is the conclusion of The Cotswold Ultra.
For Race Results click HERE
For the finishers “Hall of Fame” click HERE
For Race Photos click HERE
The Cotswold Ultra benefits from four check-points; all of which will provide water and some nutrition.
Cotswold Way Ultra Race Rules
The length of the course is very challenging and for competitors own safety and fairness the following rules must be adhered to. Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification from this and future events.
Competitors must maintain a minimum of 4 mph. otherwise they will not be allowed to continue.
The Cotswold Ultra is organised by Ultra Running Limited. All entrants must be 18 years of age or over at the start of the race. Each competitor must ensure that they carry with them all of their individual requirements needed to complete the race. Every entrant must confirm that they have read these rules and other event information and therefore understand the nature of the event and that participation is at their own risk.
Competitors must arrive at registration between 7.00 am and 7.30 am to collect their running number and present their kit for examination on request. Race start is 8.00 am.
Each participant will be given a race number which must be clearly attached by safety pins to the front chest. If this is not clearly visible you may be delayed at checkpoints.
Competitors must be self-sufficient, and carry the following mandatory items:
- Backpack or equivalent
- OS Map for the route (our maps are fine)
- Compass or GPS device
- Mobile phone
- First Aid Kit
Checkpoints and Water Stations
The Cotswold Ultra benefits from three checkpoints at pre-determined points along the route. The race organisers will provide at each checkpoint, unlimited water and some nutritional nibbles.
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; failure to do so at any check point will mean the competitor has failed to complete the race and will be disqualified.
Any competitor found to not follow the pre-determined race route will be disqualified.
If any competitor has to retire for whatever reason they must contact the race organisers immediately, either by advising a checkpoint attendant or telephoning the emergency number given at the start of the race. The emergency number is also printed on each competitors race Bib.
The Cotswold Ultra has a minimum requirement of an average speed of 4 mph. If Ultra Running or any of its representatives deem for any reason that a competitor should not continue, Ultra Running Limited’s decision will be final.
Camping facilities are available, at an additional cost of £30.00 per person. This includes pitch cost and tent hire. It is requested that all of these facilities and the Cotswold Ultra route itself, are respected and kept litter free by all competitors, family, friends or anybody else with an association with the race.
The organisers are more than happy to source alternative accommodation such as B&B or hotel, subject to availability and cost at any of the camp locations for any family member or supporter who wishes to attend the event.
Registration & Entry Fees
All deposits and payments are on a non refundable basis.
Run for FREE – Raise an agreed amount of money for our preferred charity and you can run for free, please ask for more information.
- Individual – £80.00 / person
Personal Cancellation Insurance.
You are now able to add a Personal Cancellation Insurance Policy at the time of your booking. The policy is provided through Event Protect Limited. Please review what is covered under the policy here.
To complete entry into the Cotswold Ultra
The applicant must submit the following documents
a. Online registration form b. Full payment (see above) payable to ‘Ultra Running Limited’
- e-mailed photograph of competitor which may be uplifted onto the site for promotional reasons.
- Brief description of your reasons for doing the event which may be uplifted onto the site for promotional reasons.
Ultra Running Ltd. reserves all exclusive rights for photo coverage of its events. Participants agree that Ultra Running Limited may use exclusively their individual or collective names and pictures for anything related directly or indirectly to their participation in this event.
Finisher Medals & Trophies
All finishers will receive a bespoke medal and a T-Shirt. The illustrations show all four days and how combined they create a scaled reproduction of the full Thames route. For this race only the Cotswold Ultra medal will be awarded to finishers.
- Men’s & Ladies individual winners
- Men’s & Ladies individual veteran winners (over 55)
Terms and Conditions: Please ensure you have read and understood our Terms and Conditions before entering.