Welcome to another running of Team Bath AC’s Cotswold Way Relay. For everyone’s safety, please read the following before starting your leg of the Relay. This information was last amended 13.6.2019. Please check again in the week before the race.
This year’s race is indemnified through registration with the Trail Running Association (permit 2726). The TRA has a joint arrangement with UK Athletics, which is why runners must be attached or pay an unattached supplement.
Our responsibility as race organisers is to
- Make a formal risk analysis
- Enact a plan to mitigate foreseeable risks.
- Provide assistance at major road crossings (though we can’t stop traffic).
- Arrange participating clubs to set up half way water and aid stations
- Have a tail runner on each leg to sweep up at the back of the race
Your responsibility as runners is
- To read the race guidance and follow advice
- Reconnoitre the route
- Follow the kit recommendations
- Under no circumstances run under a false name
- Only run if you are fit and expect to achieve a pace of 12 minutes/mile
- Have a plan in case of runner injury or drop out
- Support other runners during the race. If you aid another runner and lose time as a result , notify at the finish and we will make time adjustment
- Follow instructions from marshalls particularly at road crossings
- Respect the Cotswold way its Nature its farmers and its other users
Official running number,
- Safety details on reverse completed,
- Worn on the front for time keepers
- Team captains number entered
- Race director Number entered: 07759174595
Water container: refillable bottle or bladder
- No disposable cups or disposable bottles at water stations
Clothing appropriate for predicted weather
Small first aid kit
Extra calories (please no trail litter)
Map or GPS or know your route
We recommend that you reconnoitre the route. The only way markings will be the national trail signs.
Harvey produces a great polythene map showing the whole route. Available on line £14.50
As runners we all have responsibility to make the event as sustainable and low impact as possible. This year:
- We will avoid the use of disposable plastic waste during the race
- We will increase our contribution to the Cotswold way authority
- We are using a recyclable cup rather than T-shirt as a memento
- We have tried to limit the race to 100 teams (actually 103)
Can you all consider the impact of traffic on the race. Public transport is of little use. Car numbers at changeover sites is a major limiting factor to the size of this event. Please try and car share wherever possible.
Allow plenty of time to get to your race start. Remember that the set down at the start of an outgoing leg may be 2.5 hours before the last incoming runner arrives. Allow plenty of time if you plan to visit more than one change over point. If you are following the race as a supporter try and leave changeover points clear for runners being set down and picked up.
Check before you agree to drive someone else’s car between stages. Insurance rules on 3rd party cover have changed for many policies.
Kings and Queens of the Cotswold
Runners who have raced completed all 10 stages in different years earn the title King or Queen of the Cotswolds. Keeping track of the Data on this has become increasingly complex, so we need you to tell us if you think your leg this year will be your 10th. We will verify the data, most of it to be found on the website. This year’s titles will be awarded at the prize giving, but we can only do this if we have prior notification.
This year’s race has an accelerated schedule and so should be finished by 18.00 with results completed by 19.00.
We have a new venue for drinks, socialising and results after the Race: Widcome Social Club, a ten-minute walk from the Abbey along the river past the Rugby Club (former venue). Parking in Widcome is very limited, your best bet will be the pay-and-display car-parks at Bath Cricket Club or Bath Sports & Leisure Centre. The Park-and-Ride service from Lansdown runs until 8.30, so please consider parking there and using the bus to get into and out of town, or just leave cars there and car-share into the centre of Bath. There is plenty of choice of food nearby on Widcome Parade