Cotswold Ultra 2022

Date: 11th August 2022


Total distance – 44.2 miles
Total ascent – 76 metres
Total descent – 125 metres

Distance – 44.2 miles

Men’s 2016 Champion Steven James

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 Stone and Post indicating the Source of the Thames

The Cotswold Ultra benefits from four check-points; all of which will provide water and some nutrition.

See Route Directions for the Cotswold Ultra
See Route Maps & gpx for the Cotswold Ultra

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 Event

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.

Race Entries

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.

Beautiful locks and trails well signposted

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
  • Whistle
  • Mobile phone
  • First Aid Kit
  • Reusable cup for CP Stations.

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. All our events are now cup-free so please remember to bring your own reusable cup.

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.

Competitor Retirement

All the locks are very well looked after

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.

Time Restraints

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.


A Typical River Path

Camping facilities are available, at an additional cost of £35.00 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 – £85.00 / 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

St Johns Lock

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.

Photo coverage

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.

Trophies for

  • 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.