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North to South: Crossing the Golden Way

Broadway, UK

Broadway, UK

Thu 03rd June 2021 - Sun 06th June 2021

2 races

£100.00 - £580.00

COVID-19 INFORMATION

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE

The ongoing corona-virus pandemic is, understandably, a concern for many people around the world. During this uncertain time, we have postponed all existing and future departures up until the end of 2020.

We are taking bookings for departures into 2021 and beyond into 2022, but understand anyone considering travel will likely have additional concerns and questions.

During uncertain times, flexibility and confidence can be invaluable, and we understand you might be apprehensive when it comes to booking a trail running adventure right now.

So, we wanted to outline our assurances for all new and existing bookings:


FULLY REFUNDABLE DEPOSITS:

On all new bookings.

For all new bookings we have now included a six-week cooling off period which begins after the day your book with us. What that means is that your initial deposit is fully-refundable in the event that you change your mind, no questions asked.

Once the six-week cooling off period has ended your deposit payment then comes in line with our existing terms and conditions which states that deposit payments made are non-refundable in the event of cancellation by yourself. You can read our terms and conditions policy here.


FLEXIBLE CHANGES:

For all bookings, we’re allowing you to flexibly change to any other future departure (dependent on availability) using existing monies paid as credit. We are also reducing the number of days’ notice we ask for before your departure for you to make changes, down from 90 days to 45 days. This means you can change your trip, for any reason, up to 45 days before your scheduled departure date. No hassle, no questions asked and no charge. If you choose to amend your booking, you can select any new destination or departure date.


FINANCIAL PROTECTION:

All customers booking with Pure Trails Adventure are fully financial protected in the unlikely event of financial failure by the company. When you book your adventure with us you are covered by the Travel Regulation Insolvency Protection. What that means is that your holiday with us is financially safe, secure and water tight with 100% protection and no additional cost.


TRIP POSTPONEMENT:

As a travel company based in the UK, we follow The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). If they advise against ‘all but essential travel’ or ‘all travel’ to a destination, we’ll postpone or amend itineraries in accordance with this advice. If your running adventure is affected as a result of these changes, one of our team will contact you directly. If we need to postpone your trip for any other reason, we’ll be in touch with you as soon as we can.

Please, rest assured, though – if your trip is postponed, for any reason, you will still get the running adventure you paid for, on a date that suits you and this will remain 100% financially protected.

C-19 PLAN
Pure Trails Adventure has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description

Join us on a stunning trail weekend as we set out to run 80km of the stunning Cotswold Way – running from North to South. This is a perfect trail adventure for those looking to get into trail running or for this wishing to step up their game.

We’ve split the trail adventure into sections – running flexible distances of approx. 15 – 20 miles per day depending on how you are feeling – giving us ample time to get the most out of our journey. We’ll take our time with lots of stops and insights along the way, maximising the experience and adjusting the pace to whatever suits you.

We have a support vehicle with us throughout providing us with water, nutrition, supplies as well as transporting our baggage from point to point. We also include daily sessions on running techniques, massages, and evening inspirational talks, leaving you with nothing to worry about so that you can focus on the journey.

Price is per person, based on Twin / Double share. Single supplement of £160 per person.

Races

  • Pay Deposit

    Balance of £480 Due 12 Weeks Before Departure

    £100.00 CLOSED
  • Pay Full Amount
    £580.00 CLOSED

Book

  • Pay Deposit

    Balance of £480 Due 12 Weeks Before Departure

    £100.00 CLOSED
  • Pay Full Amount
    £580.00 CLOSED
What's Included

- 3 nights accommodation in 3* hotels along the way

- Fully-supported trail running trip

- Breakfast and picnic lunches throughout the trip

- Two qualified trail running guides throughout

- Support vehicle throughout (Fully stocked)

- 3 Days of Trail Running on exceptional trails

- Luggage transfer from point to point

- Aid stations

- Pure Trails Adventure technical t-shirt

- 12-week training plan

- Running technique and advice from UK qualified coaches

- Evening running lectures


Not included:
Arrival / departure transportation
Evening meals
Beverages
Personal equipment
Personal bills
Additional excursions
Insurance (REQUIRED before the trips departure - for accidents, health and emergency evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage or personal effects)
Tips

Event Details

Total Distance: 50 miles

Total Running Days: 3 Days

Lowest Elevation: 27m

Highest Elevation: 309m

Elevation Gain: + 2,590m

*The daily distances and itinerary may change according to local weather conditions and the groups condition.


DISTANCE: 15 - 18 MILES PER DAY

MAX. 12 RUNNERS


TRIP ADVENTURE GRADE: A2 - B2

A (EASY)
Easy graded trails following very well established paths and trails (at times undulating) and route at low levels of elevation. Low cumulative levels of ascent over the duration of the trip (usually no more than 450 - 500m).

B (MODERATE)
Moderate graded trail runs normally follow on well established trails and route at lower altitudes which are generally lower than 1,500m. Some of the trails will involve some short, steep ascents. Previous experience is not essential.

2 (INTERMEDIATE)
Suitable for runners who are fit and active and can comfortably run up to 6 - 10 miles per day. The trips involve lots of impromptu stops and our time on the trail will typically be between 3-4 hours per day.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival into Cheltenham

Distance: No trail running

Welcome to the start of the Cotswold Way: North to South!

Make your own way to Cheltenham with check-in available at our hotel from 16:00 onwards.

Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing before we all catch up for an evening briefing, meet with your guides and get prepared for our trail running weekend.


Day 2 - Trail Running the Cotswold Way

Distance: Approx. 15 - 18 miles
Time: 5 - 6 hours trail running

After an early breakfast this morning, get your gear ready as we start our trail running of the Cotswold Way.

We’ll depart and head towards the summit of Cleeve Hill where we join the Cotswold Way escarpment stretching south. As we traverse along the Cotswold Way skyline heading towards the impressive sites of the Devil’s Chimney, Crickley Hill and the famous Coopers Hill - known as the cheese-rolling hill.

The trail undulates quite impressively on this section of the Cotswold Way, largely running through forests and meadows as we reach the beautiful town of Painswick which is our base for the evening.

We arrive at our hotel which is just off the Cotswold Way, with the evening to relax and to soak up the impressive views with a series of talks given over a nice cold drink and a recovery massage.

*Our support vehicle will be within close proximity for most of the day with a series of aid stations offering snacks, fruit, nuts, water and tail-wind nutrition to keep us well stocked up. If the distances are feeling a little to long at any point our support vehicle is available for you to rest and get transported to our next stop for the evening.


Day 3 - Painswick to Wotton via Coaley Peak

Distance: Approx. 15 - 17 miles
Time: 5 - 6 hours of trail running

We’ll get back on the trail after breakfast where the trail climbs, before we once again pick up a woodland trail which makes for lovely running as we head past iron age long-barrows and onwards to the top of Coaley Peak. From here we have spectacular views out towards the river Severn, the Black Mountains and the Cotswold Escarpment.

This is a perfect stop for lunch and to soak up the views.

We continue on traversing the extraordinary peaks on the outskirts of Dursley town, with some steep uphill and downhill sections as we run past the Tyndale Monument and into the pretty town of Wotton-under-Edge.

From here we’ll transfer you to your hotel with the rest of the evening to chill.


Day 4 - Final push to Bath Abbey

Distance: 15 - 18 miles
Time: 5 - 6 hours of trail running

Our final day on the trail as we run the final section of the Cotswold Way, our sights locked onto the finish at Bath Abbey.

We’ll get dropped off at the trail head as and pick up the route which effectively begins to run gradually downhill towards Bath.

We’ll pass another monument at Hawkesbury Upton and run through the remains of an impressive iron age fort. From here the trail begins to flow downhill, passing the old village of Tormarton and then skirting the Dyrham Park estate.

Our final stage of the run has us on the skyline of Bath, running past the battlefields of Lansdown and the racecourse, continuing our descent into Bath, running past the spectacular Royal Crescent and the curious Circus.

From here it’s one final, small push as we head down Bath’s main street and find yourself at the foot of Bath Abbey - marking the completion of the epic Cotswold Way!

Congratulations and celebrations, as we relax to take in what we have achieved over the last few days. After a bit of time to check out the local surroundings we will coordinate transfers back to your vehicles marking the end of this extraordinary journey.

* Optional: Extend your stay with a night in Bath. Ask us for details.

*Please note that the itinerary is subject to minor changes. We may run distances further or less depending on the general feeling of the group.

Where Do We Stay?

Beautiful Small Pubs!

Over the course of the Cotswold Way we will be staying in a different accommodation for each night of the run. We’ll be staying in pretty little pubs (3 Star) which offer comfortable rooms and restaurants for us to relax after a hard day on the trail.

We select accommodation that is in close proximity to the Cotswold Way to make it easier to access the trail heads.

Faqs

GROUP MANAGEMENT

Being a group of max. 12 runners with a mixture of ages and running abilities we may decide to split into flexible groups, all of which will be supported by our running guides who will travel with us on the trip.

By splitting the group will allow us all to move more fluidly, allowing all team members to run at their own comfortable pace, without feeling pressured.


TRAIL RUNNING

The terrain is undulating and includes some steep up hill sections which we walk, as well as some shorter, steeper down hill sections at times.

We’ll be running through quaint villages, forested trails, through fields and rolling hills. Underfoot conditions consist of hard-packed and forested trails which make for very enjoyable running.


TEMPERATURES

We run the trails in Spring and later summer, when the forests and the countryside is lush and green. We can expect daily temperatures to sit on average of 20 degrees C, however being Britain there is every chance of a hot spell (25 degrees C) or a colder spell (sub-18 degrees C).

You should also prepare for the chance of rain and wind, as well as bright sunshine.


Way Marking

The journey will be hosted by two-qualified running guides, although as the group is likely to spread out over short sections we will be making every effort to way-mark the route.

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Broadway, UK