A 7km multi-terrain Fancy Dress run, in and around Painswick in the Cotswolds, offering you a medal and the legendary homemade mince muffin as a reward at the finish. Much of this race is on footpaths, Woodland trails and Farm Tracks, but also includes some roads through the town. And yes there are hills, with a long offroad climb at 2k and a shorter steep road section at 6km into Painswick.
Also, there’s traffic free, trail event, the Rudolphs Dash for young runners.
The race starts in a quite cul-de-sac opposite Painswick Rugby Club. Here the route drops via a private road into the Valley, and follows the Painswick Stream for about 1/2 mile before crossing over the weir and heading up a private lane to Gyde’s Farm where the ascent intensity starts to increase.
After 1/2mile a short stint on Wick Street leads into the rocky track onto Juniper Hill to Well Farm, one of the 2 major climbs in this event.Now on top of the hill breathtaking, so to speak, views of Painswick and surrounding valleys can be enjoyed. For the next 1 1/4 miles the flat, soft, muddy terrain of Frith Woods is followed, before a long descent into the Painswick Valley is commenced.Once reached a short but challenging road climb is ahead, in order to reach the famous Painswick Church with 99 Yew trees.
Finally, a short descent back towards the Rugby Club and the finishing line beckons
The first Rudolphs Rampage was held in December 2009 for Cotswold Allrunners only, to establish the route and to get feedback about the event. Now in it’s 11th occurrence, this event also includes a Junior event, the Rudolphs Dash and the fancy dress element has established itself as a bit of a competition amongst the runners