The Cotswold Way Challenge Multistage Ultra 2014 | Multi-Day Endurance Events


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05Apr 2014

The Cotswold Way Challenge Multistage Ultra 2014

5th-6th April 2014, Cotswolds

57 miles, 2 days


The Cotswold Way Ultra takes in 57 miles of quintessentially English Countryside, passing through rolling farmland and ancient beech woods, and taking in a rich slice of British history from Bronze Age barrows to Neolithic burial grounds and Stone Age hill forts. But don't be fooled by the Cotswolds' reputation for gentle contours: this route takes in 2750m of vertical ascent over two days (1140m over 27 miles on Day One and 1610m over 30 miles on Day Two), making it a great training weekend for anyone preparing for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc or the Marathon des Sables.

The Cotswold Way National Trail runs from Chipping Campden in the north, to Bath in the south, and for this event Race Directory Neil Thubron has chosen a section of the route that is particularly striking for its glorious scenery and historic landscapes.

Extreme Energy ultra events are fully supported and fully inclusive, so whether this is your first ultra or your one hundredth, you'll find yourself in good company and in safe hands. The Cotswolds Way Ultra is open to runners or walkers, and includes an overnight stay at Cleeve School Sports Centre, Bishops Cleeve for two day participants (available at a supplement for one day participants). Sleeping accommodation is a large hall; rest areas, showers and dining area are also provided.

Navigation and Support.

The "Cotswold Way" is a National Trail and has excellent markings in the form of signposts or post discs. In addition, you will be given a "Route Card" which is designed to help on any tricky sections, to provide information on any route changes and to indicate where the checkpoints are. The event is supported by a course manager to maintain event safety and to manage any serious incidents. A fully qualified medical crew are in attendance, to give first aid and to manage any serious medical problems in cooperation with the emergency services.

What you get for your money

The price is all inclusive of the following items:

  • Overnight accommodation in a school hall
  • Evening meal and breakfast for overnights
  • Checkpoint food and water through out the event
  • Free tea, coffee and cake for all competitors at the finish area each day
  • Evening meal and breakfast for overnights
  • Transportation to and from local train stations
  • Quality Medal awarded to each finisher
  • A quality technical T Shirt for all who take part
  • Toilets / changing facilities at the start / finish areas (plus great showers at the finish)
  • Safety & medical cover throughout the event
  • Prizes awarded for several different categories

Cost Options

Please note the entry price for the full event (including all food and accommodation) will differ as below:

  • Early bird price up to the end November 2013 is £120 per head
  • Standard pricing up to the end of February 2013 is £125 per head
  • Late entry pricing after the 1st March 2013 is £135 per head

There is the option of entering a single day at £55 per day.

Optional overnight accommodation is £28 per head for those opting to do a single day

* Please Note: A 3% service charge, levied by this registration software, will be added to your final amount

Getting there and away


Free transfers will be provided from Evesham station on the morning of Saturday 6th April, with return transfers to Stroud station on Sunday 7th April. Transfers to Stroud station are available on the evening of Saturday 6th April for those participating on Day One only
Check train times and book tickets with the Trainline.

By Car

Plenty of parking available at the start. Cars can be left.
By Train to Evesham Station for day 1, and Cheltenham station for day 2 
runners only.

Extreme Energy Transportation for the weekend

Day 1 - am - pick up from Evesham Station and parking available at the start

Day 1 - pm - lift to Cheltenham station - 1 during the afternoon, plus 1 
lift back to the start

Day 2 - am - option for pick up from Cheltenham Station

Day 2 - pm - regular drop offs to Stroud Station, 1 lift back to the day 
1 start, maximum of 12 people. Small charge of £5 payable on the day.

Guest Speaker

We are delighted to welcome as our guest speaker Kenwynne Barber.

Her endurance CV speaks for itself - 3rd British Woman to complete a marathon on every continent including the Arctic. Complete Lands End to John OGroats, 14 desert races, 2 x MDS and Mount Killamanjaro to name the big ones.

Kenwynne regular attends our events and has that classic "dark" humour that all endurance athletes have.

What make Kenwynne even more special is that she is in her 70's and still does what most 20 year olds would never dream to attempt.

It is bound to be a great evening.