Guide Dogs: Cotswold Way Challenge

Cotswold Way Signpost
Cotswold Way Signpost By Ballista at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, 

Good luck to everyone taking part in the Cotswold Way Challenge from 30th June to 1st July to raise money for good causes.

The event organiser says that over the weekend of 30th June to 1st July, 1,700 adventurers will walk, jog or run along the Cotswold Way, and the event could raise up to £1 million for their charity partners, which includes the Guide Dogs.

As I’m writing this, the weather is very hot for England. Hopefully the participants will be well prepared and not take any risks in the mini-heatwave. I don’t think the 62 mile (100km) distance should be taken lightly in this heat!

Starting off in the beautiful city of Bath, the route to Cheltenham is known as the Cotswold way and is spectacular, if demanding, with a series of undulating hills to climb. Fortunately, there’s a major rest stop at the end of each of four sections of the challenge with food, drink and support teams. Between the major rest stops are mid-point stops with snacks and drinks available.

Here’s what the route looks like…

Stage 1 – Bath to Tormarton
Start: Royal Victoria Park, Bath 0 km
Mid-point stop: Lansdown, 11km
Major Rest Stop 1: Tormarton, 25km

Stage 2 – Tormarton to Wotton
Mid-point stop: Hawkesbury, 38km
Major Rest Stop 2: Wotton, 50km

Stage 3 – Wotton to Painswick
Mid-Point Stop: Dursley, 64km
Major Rest Stop 3: Painswick, 79km

Stage 4 – Painswick to Cheltenham
Mid-Point Stop: Crinkley Hill, 93km
The Finish: Dean Close School, Cheltenham, 100km

Note, those who run the challenge will effectively be doing a double marathon! Wow!

Guide Dogs is one of the charities you can select from a drop-down menu when entering as a participant. This year’s event is sold out, unless you run as self-funded, but there’s always next year, or a different challenge this year! 🙂

Here’s some footage from last year’s Cotswold Way Challenge: