The Cotswold Ultra

Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Kemble Station, Cirencester, UK

Thu 8th August 2024

Starting at 07:00

1 race


Organiser's Description

Race Overview

Competitors of the Cotswold Ultra, must arrive at the entrance to Kemble Train Station for registration and equipment checks between 6:00 and 6:30. Race start will be 7:00 following a race brief.

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, and Bablock Hythe, finally reaching Travelodge Oxford Abingdon Road, which is the conclusion of The Cotswold Ultra.

Transport to the start and from the finish is the responsibility of the competitor.


  • Solo Entry


    Booking for more than 1?


  • Solo Entry


    Booking for more than 1?


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

Example items which may change are:

Malt loaf, cake, jam, peanut butter, cheese or marmite sandwiches, nuts, dried fruits, sweets, squash, cola and water.

We endeavour to cater for Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian and non restrictive diet competitors. When you enter please advise your choice. Dietary requirements outside these options must be provided by the competitor, but we will happily leave drop bags at CP Stations for you.

We would ask however that you do not rely on these alone and take only what you need with consideration for the other runners still to come in to the checkpoints.

CP Distances:
Start to Checkpoint 1 is 8.4 miles
Checkpoint 1 to Checkpoint 2 is 9.8 miles
Checkpoint 2 to Checkpoint 3 is 12.8 miles
Checkpoint 3 to Checkpoint 4 is 13.2 miles
Checkpoint 4 to Finish is 12.6 miles

Race Day logistics

Cotswold Ultra competitors must arrive at registration between 6.00 am and 6.30 am to collect their running number and present their kit for examination on request. Race start is 7.00 am.

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


All Cotswold Ultra Finishers will receive:

A Bespoke Cotswold Ultra medal.

Either a Bespoke Cotswold Ultra technical t-shirt, a mug or a hat.

The first male and female finisher will receive a "Champions Trophy" each.

time restrictions

It is imperative that entrants achieve a minimum of 4 mph (including stops etc).

If you fall below this minimum requirement you will get pulled out of the race and not be allowed to continue any further with the Cotswold Ultra.

This isn’t debatable.

CP Closure times:

CP1 - 2hr 5min after race start
CP2 - 4hr 35min after race start
CP3 - 7hr 45min after race start
CP4 - 11 hr 5min after race start

race rules

By signing up to one of Ultra Running Ltd events you agree to abide by our general race rules;

The following are the race rules that apply to all Ultra Running Ltd events and should be adhered to by all race participants.

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.
Teams must have pre-registered before the day and consist of at least three competitors who will also count as individual competitors amongst the rankings. For a Team to successfully complete the race, a minimum of three members of that Team must finish.

Each participant must make sure he/she is carrying all items detailed in the mandatory kit list

You cannot change your race entry category or team once the race has started.

Relay team members: All originally designated members of a team must complete the leg they have chosen, and the following team member must not start the race until the person they are handing over from has arrived at that CP, otherwise automatic disqualification will apply. Changes to the team members and/or race order can only be made up until the team has signed in on the day of the race.

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 and entry/exit time along with any injuries; failure to do so at any check point will mean the competitor has failed to complete the race and will be disqualified.

All entrants must be 20 years or over on the start day of the race.

Mandatory Kit List

Competitors must carry the following items. Random bag checks will be made on registration. Anyone found not to have the correct kit will not be allowed to start the race

Backpack or equivalent
Head Torch with spare batteries
Ordnance Survey Map 150 (Our downloadable maps are ok)
Compass or GPS device
Mobile phone
Basic first Aid Kit

Competitor Retirement

If any competitor has to retire for whatever reason they must contact the race organisers immediately, either by advising a checkpoint attendant or by telephoning the emergency number which will be written on the race numbers of each competitor.

Time Constraints

The organisers want to give every competitor the opportunity of completing the race and will, where reasonable practicable, allow generous opening times of CP Stations; the allowance should be within an average of 4.0 miles per hour. If you fall below the 4.0 miles per hour you will be pulled from the race without concession.


In the event of Ultra Running Ltd. having to cancel the event, an alternative date will be provided. If re-scheduling of the event isn’t possible, or a competitor cannot make the revised date. URL undertakes to refund payments received, less any out of pocket expenses which are determined at 25%.

For all other circumstances, including Competitor cancellations due to personal reasons, refunds are not allowed. But at the discretion of the organisers an entry may be transferred to the following years race providing the request is within four weeks of the event date.

Any ‘transferred races’ or ‘reduced rate races’ are not refundable or transferable in any respect.

Race Photography

Ultra Running Ltd. reserve all exclusive rights relating to photographic coverage of their races. By entering an event, participants agree that Ultra Running Ltd may exclusively use any photographic or textual content captured during the event for advertisement purposes.


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