Every Club who have previously expressed an interest in entering a team should have received an e mail about the 2019 race date.
Although entry to this race is by invitation only we are always welcoming to new clubs. If you think your club would be interested in participating and / or you would like further information please send an e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cotswold Hilly 100 is a 100 mile road relay race that is divided into 10 legs each of approx 10 miles. The race starts at the American Fountain, Market Square in Stratford upon Avon and finishes at the Stratford Sports Club and follows a route of mainly minor roads that meanders through the Cotswolds.
The race has been held for over 25 years and whilst there have been minor tweaks to improve the safety of the runners the overall route is largely unchanged. A link to the map of this years course is here. As the name suggests there are a number of 'undulations' throughout the route as the race profile shows.
The course record is held by Massey Ferguson Running Club. In 1989 they ran a combined overall time of 9 hours 24 mins.
Teams start at either 5am, 6am or 7am depending on their predicted overall time with a view to finishing at c 6pm - 7pm.
To assist teams in ensuring that they finish at a reasonable time there is the option of the 'mass start' option. This involves the Leg 8 runners starting at 1.00pm and the last 3 legs completing the race. The time of the Leg 7 runner completing their leg will be recorded so that the overall team race time can be calculated.
There is a Shield for the 1st Mens Team, 1st Ladies team, 1st 'B' Team and 1st Mixed Team.
However, it is the club spirit this race generates that is the main attraction. Teams are responsible for supporting each runner on their leg (e.g. marshaling and first aid as required) and ensuring a successful handover at the end of each leg creates some logistical challenges. Despite the best laid plans its not unknown for runners to lose their way or to have to continue onto the following leg because their colleague hasn't arrived!
All profit from this race is donated to Charity and our chosen charity is the Shakespeare Hospice. Last year we were very pleased to make a donation of £600 - we will confirm details of this years donation when the race finances are known.