Challenge Options

A new start & route for 2021 – with Friday night accommodation options also – before setting out from our Cirencester base-camp. It’s not long before the first of the hills, and with 2250 metres of climb, the Full 100 km is a real Challenge! The views out to the west over the Severn Estuary are spectacular, and if you want to make the most of them there’s a 100 km 2 Day ‘Daylight’ option – with camping at halfway. With Half & Quarter Challenge options, and the new Cirencester base camp being accessible with plenty of parking – there’s a great weekend in the Cotswolds to look forward to!

Full 100 km Continuous

Cirencester Loop

26 - 27 June 2021

Join us for the full 100 km challenge – setting out from Cirencester on the Saturday morning heading north into the rolling green hills of the Cotswolds. There is 2,250 m of ascent – with undulating climbs, which whilst testing your legs will reward you with some of the UK’s most breathtaking views for miles around. Our continuous challenge will see you stopping every ~12 – 13 km for stops & refreshments, with a main half way stop in Wotton, before heading South back towards Cirencester. 

100 km & 2250 m

  • Start: Cirencester
  • Start times: 06:45 – 07:00 for runners, 07:00 – 09:00 for joggers & runners
  • Finish: Cirencester
  • Finish times: Runners 9 – 16 hrs, joggers 16 – 20 hrs, walkers 20 – 36 hrs

Every 10-15km under marquees with support – toilets, massage, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • Snacks & drinks – every 10-15 km
  • 25 km – picnic lunch & fizzy drinks
  • 53 km – hot meal
  • 75 km – brunch/ lunch
  • 100 km – cooked breakfast/ BBQ
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

The below options can be booked via the ‘Bookable Extras’ page.

Before

  • Shuttle from Swindon station to start (Fri pm & Sat am) – £5 p/p
  • Weekend parking at Cirencester – £5
  • Drop off parking at Cirencester – FOC

After

  • Shuttle to Swindon station – FOC
  • Pick up parking at Cirencester – FOC

Cirencester – Fri 25 & Sat 26 June 2021

  • Stay at our ‘university hall’ accommodation 
  • Single & twin rooms available
  • Pre registration on Friday 
  • Friday dinner & Saturday breakfast included
  • Baggage storage, hot showers & more
  • Visit ‘Bookable Extras’ for full details 

4 available

2 Day Daylight 100 km

Cirencester Loop

26 & 27 June 2021

The 2 Day Full 100km Challenge breaks down the route into two halves of 53km on Day 1 starting & finishing at our basecamp in Cirencester, and then 47km on Day 2 – you will get to experience the route in daylight as well as the opportunity to get some rest and sleep overnight. Camp with us at our fully supported camp in Wotton-under-Edge on the Saturday night where we will have entertainment, hot food & more. 

Day 1 – 53 km & 1630 m

Day 2 – 47 km & 620 m

Day 1 – 26 June 2021

  • Start: Cirencester
  • Start times: 06:45 – 07:00 for runners, 07:00 – 09:00 for joggers & walkers
  • Finish: Wotton-under-Edge (53 km)
  • Finish times: Runners 4 – 8 hrs, joggers 7 – 10 hrs, walkers 10 – 16 hrs
  • Overnight: camp with us (see Bookable Extras)

Day 2 – 27 June 2021

  • Start: Wotton-under-Edge
  • Start times: 06:00 – 06:30 for all
  • Finish: Cirencester (100 km)
  • Finish times: Runners 4 – 8 hrs, joggers 7 – 10 hrs, walkers 10 – 16 hrs

Every 10-15km under marquees with support – toilets, massage, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • Snacks & drinks – every 10-15 km
  • 25 km – picnic lunch & fizzy drinks
  • 53 km – hot meal
  • 75 km – brunch/ lunch
  • 100 km – cooked breakfast/ BBQ
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

The below options can be booked via the ‘Bookable Extras’ page.

Before

  • Shuttle from Swindon station to start (Fri pm & Sat am) – £5 p/p
  • Weekend parking at Cirencester – £5
  • Drop off parking at Cirencester – FOC

After

  • Shuttle to Swindon station – FOC
  • Pick up parking at Cirencester – FOC

Cirencester – Friday 25 June

  • Stay at our ‘university hall’ accommodation 
  • Single & twin rooms available
  • Pre registration on Friday 
  • Friday dinner & Saturday breakfast included
  • Baggage storage, hot showers & more
  • Visit ‘Bookable Extras’ for full details 

Wotton – Saturday 26 June

  • Camp overnight at our ‘Half Way’ basecamp in Wotton
  • Hot showers, refreshments, rest areas & more
  • Breakfast Sunday morning before setting off
  • Visit ‘Bookable Extras’ for full details 

4 available (2 for each day)

1st Half
Challenge 53 km

Cirencester to Wotton

26 June 2021

The 1st Half Cotswold Way loop will start at our basecamp in Cirencester and finish in Wotton-under-Edge, the route is perhaps the toughest loop with steep ascents and descents taking you into the heart of this beautiful landscape. 

53 km & 1630 m

  • Start: Cirencester
  • Start times: 06:45 – 07:00 for runners, 07:00 – 09:00 for joggers & runners
  • Finish: Wotton-under-Edge
  • Finish times: Runners 4 – 8 hrs, joggers 7 – 10 hrs, walkers 10 – 16 hrs

Every 10-15km under marquees with support – toilets, massage, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • Snacks & drinks – every 10-15 km
  • 25 km – picnic lunch & fizzy drinks
  • 53 km – hot meal
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

The below options can be booked via the ‘Bookable Extras’ page.

Before

  • Shuttle from Swindon station to start (Fri pm & Sat am) – £5 p/p
  • Weekend parking at Cirencester – £5
  • Drop off parking at Cirencester – FOC

After

  • Shuttle to Stroud station – FOC
  • Pick up parking at Wotton – FOC

Cirencester – Friday 25 June

  • Stay at our ‘university hall’ accommodation 
  • Single & twin rooms available
  • Pre registration on Friday 
  • Friday dinner & Saturday breakfast included
  • Baggage storage, hot showers & more
  • Visit ‘Bookable Extras’ for full details 

Wotton – Saturday 26 June

  • Camp overnight at our ‘Half Way’ basecamp in Wotton
  • Hot showers, refreshments, rest areas & more
  • Breakfast Sunday morning before setting off
  • Visit ‘Bookable Extras’ for full details 

2 available

2nd Half
Challenge 47 km

Wotton to Cirencester

27 June 2021

If you are looking to support someone taking on the Full Challenge you can join them on the route from 5pm Saturday onwards, or take on the 2nd Half Challenge from 6 – 6.30 am on Sunday for a scenic adventure from Wotton to Cirencester. 

47 km & 620 m

  • Start: Wotton-under-Edge
  • Start times: Sat 26 June join a Full Challenger from 17:00 or Sun 27 June 06:00 – 06:30
  • Finish: Cirencester
  • Finish times: Runners 4 – 8 hrs, joggers 7 – 10 hrs, walkers 10 – 16 hrs

Every 10-15km under marquees with support – toilets, massage, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • Snacks & drinks – every 10-15 km
  • 25 km – picnic lunch & fizzy drinks
  • 47 km – hot meal
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

The below options can be booked via the ‘Bookable Extras’ page.

Before

  • Park at Cirencester (finish) & shuttle to Wotton (start) – £15 p/p
  • Drop off parking at Wotton (start) – FOC

After

After

  • Shuttle to Swindon station – FOC
  • Pick up parking at Cirencester – FOC

2 available

1st Quarter
Challenge 24 km

Cirencester to Painswick

26 June 2021

The 1st Quarter of the Cotswold Way Challenge will start from our basecamp in Cirencester – the route is a tough section with steep ascents and descents taking you into the heart of this beautiful landscape. 

24 km & 630 m

  • Start: Cirencester
  • Start times: 06:45 – 07:00 for runners, 07:00 – 09:00 for joggers & runners
  • Finish: Painswick
  • Finish times: Runners 2 – 3 hrs, joggers 3 – 5 hrs, walkers 4 – 7 hrs

Every 10-15km under marquees with support – toilets, massage, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • Snacks & drinks – every 10-15 km
  • 25 km – BBQ lunch & fizzy drinks
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

The below options can be booked via the ‘Bookable Extras’ page.

Before

  • Shuttle from Swindon station to start (Fri pm & Sat am) – £5 p/p
  • Weekend parking at Cirencester – £5
  • Drop off parking at Cirencester – FOC

After

  • Shuttle to Stroud station – FOC
  • Pick up parking at Painswick – FOC

After

  • Shuttle back to Kendal start or station – £5
  • Pick up parking at Kendal – FOC

2nd Quarter
Challenge 29 km

Painswick to Wotton

26 June 2021

Arguably the most scenic stretch of the whole Cotswold Way route – and one of our toughest ‘quarters’. Starting at Painswick, you will head towards up to Coaley Peak with it’s breath taking views of the Severne Valley, before heading onwards to Wotton-Under-Edge for a celebration & hot meal.

29 km & 1000 m

  • Start: Painswick
  • Start times: 09:00 for all
  • Finish: Wotton-under-Edge
  • Finish times: Runners 2 – 3 hrs, joggers 4 – 6 hrs, walkers 5 – 8 hrs

Every 10-15km under marquees with support – toilets, massage, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • Snacks & drinks – every 10-15 km
  • 30 km – hot meal 
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

The below options can be booked via the ‘Bookable Extras’ page.

Before

  • Park at Wotton (finish) & shuttle to Painswick (start) – £10 p/p
  • Drop off parking at Painswick (start) – FOC

After

  • Shuttle to Stroud station – FOC
  • Pick up parking at Wotton – FOC

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