Cotswold Race The Train

Local Trail knowledge

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01/10/2012 at 16:13

Looking at the video on the website for this event the paths seem to be very narrow and over grown.

Does anyone have any local knowledge they wish to share.

Are the trails generally wide enough to keep a pace or is there lots of weaving and jumping to be done to avoid vegetation etc?

I expect a degree of dancing about, it is trail running after all, but if I have 5 miles of it then I'm never going to keep 8 min miles.

Cheers Graham

05/11/2012 at 12:27

Hi Graham

There are a few short sections where the path is narrow and slightly over grown (probably around half a mile altogether) but the vast majority of the run is across open fields.

Hope this helps!

Best wishes



12/07/2013 at 22:23

Looks really good. 

I have 'till October to improve from 10-min-miles to 8-min-miles!

30/07/2013 at 10:29

I did this last year Graham, it is an extremely tough but excellent event-stunning views over the Cotswolds, challenging terrain etc.  As Isla says there are few narrow sections, but what I found hardest were the steep inclines at the start and end of the race which absolutely destroy you, both going up and down!

I just lost out to the train, which I would say although it is a good gimmick you are only alongside it for the first and last few minutes of the race, which was not clear before I signed up and a bit disappointing as I would have liked to race it for longer, and my girlfriend was on the train but didn't see me for the whole race!

I would also make it clear Isla that there is a minimum sponsorship level for this event.  I'm all for raising money for the Hospice, but would like to know before I sign up.

Last comment-it was the first year the charity had put on the event and overall it was extremely well organised, so hats off to you for the course, the marshalls, the food afterwards etc, I'm sure it will be bigger and better this year!

09/10/2013 at 12:53

Does anyone know whether the race the train is going ahead on 12th October or has it been postponed until April 2014?

13/01/2014 at 19:10

Looks like it's the April 2014 event is next. I've just signed up - though there's not a lot of info at the moment. 

17/03/2014 at 17:28

They've canceled. Poor do really. I don't suppose it helped that they canceled last year, then didn't provide much info on this year's event, and Wild Boar didn't promote it enough. Well, I've booked the hotel, so I'll have a hunt around for what else is available around Cheltenham.

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