The Cotswold Way Century
Cotswold Trail Events Ltd - Chipping Camden
Simply put, it's the Cotswold Way. Start in Chipping Campden at the Village Hall, stop in Bath at Bath Abbey, follow the signs marked "Cotswold Way". Although we may add occasional markings near check points or where the route has more than 1 option, please plan on the only route markings being the existing Cotswold Way markers (follow the acorn). THIS MEANS YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO READ A MAP! You'll have 30 hours, competitive (12pm start) / 32 hours non-competitive (10am start) to complete the event, with intermediate cut-offs along the way. The 10am start is strictly for NON-COMPETITIVE runners. Competitive runners please do not enter the 10am start as checkpoints may not be set up ready. This is also to stop potential nuisance in Bath in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The Cotswold Way Century is a single-stage, approximately 102mi, trail running event that takes place along public rights of way. There are no road closures for these events so all participants and supporters must respect road regulations on those sections which are not on trails. Due to changing conditions, it is possible that official diversions will be in place that alter the overall distance of the Cotswold Way and any distances listed in our pre-race information.
The route really is very hilly, because the people who created it wanted you to see every beautiful viewpoint on the top and every chocolate-box village at the bottom, and the only way to do that is to keep going up and down. There are a few road sections, a lot of hard stone tracks, plenty of green and grassy paths, and a fair number of ploughed fields along your route.