From the start of the Stroud Trail Marathon, the route leaves the town centre and heads eastwards on the Severn-Thames towpath, up to Rodborough Common. Then through St Chloe’s woods and onto Amberley (Checkpoint 3.9M).
From here the route goes across Minchinhampton Common, towards Minchinhampton and to the Great Park. Here the route aims left, crosses the Cirencester Rd at Blue Boys Corner and straight over to the right of Besbury Common. After 400m, turning sharp right onto footpath as the lane descends steeply. The route continues towards Hyde and descends onto the Canal Path at St Mary’s Mill. The run now turns west back towards Stroud for about 3/4 mile where it goes under the main road at Olympic Varnish on Knapp Lane, (Checkpoint 6.1M)
This Loop in Toadsmoor Valley takes in some stunning variation of scenery, from lakes, woodland & hidden gems of the Cotswolds. The route goes from Lower Bourne, through Stringers Woods and over to the east of the Toadsmoor ponds, before heading back through Toadsmoor Woods just below the village of Eastcombe. Following the Streams to the biggest of the ponds before a magical ascent to Middle Lypiatt. Once on top the run now goes through Mackhouse Woods to, Quarhouse Lane, (Checkpoint 9.9M).
Following on from here the marathon runners go across to the Heavens, before descending through Dry Hill Wood. Now the course meets the towpath at Bowbridge Lock again, to head back into Stroud to pick up the Half Marathon Route (Checkpoint 12.3M).
When: Sunday 3rd May 2020
Where: Stroud Town Centre
Distance: 27.6 M
Trails: 94% Road: 6%
Total Ascent: 1304m (4279 ft)
Lowest: 19m (65ft) at 15.5M
Highest: 209m (675ft) at 19.2M