.. although 7 miles and not exactly the quarter marathon, it is a great introduction to trail running and takes in some of the great Cotswold views at the same time.  Starting from the Stroud town centre, the Stroud Trail Quarter marathon joins the Cotswold Canal towpath to Capels Mill and under the Railway Viaduct, before taking a right and looking up towards Rodborough Fort.

The ascent of 450ft begins gradually, but increases in steepness to the fort and onto Rodborough Common (see picture right) , with fantastic views.  A mile or so later, a steep but short decent opens the run to St Chloe’s Woods and the great smell of wild garlic.

This a wonderful mile and half of trail running, before ascending out of the woods and up to the highest point of the Stroud Trail Quarter Marathon, Amberley, & Checkpoint (3.5M).

So heading across Minchinhampton Common, the course steers past the Bear of Rodborough Hotel, across to Rodborough Common and back to Rodborough Fort. The route now takes a steep descent from Rodborough Common towards Stroud, under the Railway Viaduct and onto the Thames/Severn Canal Path, west along the Towpath and into the Town Centre to the finish.

Event Information

When: Sunday 12th May 2019
Where: Stroud Town Centre
Time: 11:30am

  • fee: £22 (+ £2 unaffliated)
    earlybird fee £19.75 until 31/12/18
  • min age: 16yrs
  • limit: 150 places
  • close: 7th May ’19 or when limit reached
  • no entries on the day

Online entries are open, go to online registration form >>>
Teams of 5  male/female, or mixed team min 2 men/ladies

Important information you should read before race day, including how to get your race number, read now >>>

Take a look where to get water, first aid etc during the race

12. Amberley Bus Stop (3.5 M)

Note: the checkpoint numbers are the same on all the maps, so for the Quarter there is only 1 checkpoint, but it is no. 12

There are several free car parks for this event.  See full list >>>

How to get to the event & directions, click map below

  • Bespoke Medal to all finishers
  • Technical T-Shirt
  • Awards 1st, 2nd & 3rd Lady & Man
  • Team Prizes, 1st Mens, Ladies & Mixed (min 2 men or ladies)

Distance: 6.6 M (10.6km)
Trails: 93% Road: 7%
Total Ascent: 1290ft (393m)
Lowest: 43m (140ft) at 0.7M & 5.9M
Highest: 201m (659ft) at 3.5M

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