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Stroud Trail Half Marathon

The route follows the Quarter Marathon to Checkpoint 9 (4.3M}, then is follws to towpath to Stroud, under the bypass and continues westward onto the Severn-Thames Canal towpath, past Ebley Warf, Stonehouse, Ryeford and on to Kings Stanley (Checkpoint 10). The route leaves the Towpath and turns towards King Stanley, via Stanley Mill and over Ryeford East Road and onto the Old Cotswold Way.  This is the beginning of a long ascent up onto Selsley Common, via Manor Farm, Middleyard (Checkpoint 11) and up into Pen Woods. The final section of the 600ft climb, follows the Cotswold Way towards Stroud and up onto Selsley Common and reaching the highest point in this run with a view looking across the Stroud Valley out towards the Severn Estuary and Forest of Dean.

From the Peak of Selsley common a small switchback and over the B4066 and into the fields next to Dingle Woods, is the top of a long descent into South Woodchester and the Ram Inn, (Checkpoint 12)

The route now joins the old disused Stonehouse to Nailsowrth Railway line (aka the Dudbridge Donkey Line) and heading towards Nailsworth. After about a mile, Dunkirk Mill comes into view and now leaving the Cycles Track, the next 600ft ascent is here to take runners up onto Minchinhampton Common and over to Box, before heading across Minchinhampton Common, towards Minchinhampton and to the Great Park where the finish awaits.

Stroud Trail Half Marathon

  • Event information

  • When: 11th May 2025

  • Start Time: 10:30am

    Race bibs can be collected from 7am at Race HQ
    Race briefing will be at 10:20am at the start line

  • Where: Great Park, Minchinhampton

    Race HQ is Minchinhampton Academy
    Start & Finish is the Great Park on the common at the back of school

  • Entry Fee: £39

    There is an additional £2 for unaffiliated runners

  • Min age: 17yrs

  • Registration closes: 7th May 2025

    or earlier if entry limit is reached

  • No entries on the day

  • Read race information

    Information, running advice, raceday address, contact details, directions and parking instructions

  • Energy Drinks & Snacks

    At various Checkpoints energy drinks & snacks are available in small quantities.
    Energy drink will be a sugared flavoured isotonic drink & normal sugared cola Snacks will be sweets, chocolate & mini cheddars.

  • Small Bag Drop Points

    MARATHON & ULTRA ONLY:
    If you want a small bag to dropped to Checkpoints 2 & 9, please leave in the appropriate box in the tent.
    Note: any unused items will be returned, but not until the event has finished

  • Final Instructions Email

    An email will be sent out the week beginning 29th April.
    Get in touch if it's not in your spam folder either, use the contact us link in the menu above

  • Parking

    There is no specific car park for this event. There are 30 spaces at the school, but the rest of parking is street parking. Please check the map.

  • Directions

  • Prizes & Awards

  • Bespoke medal to all finishers

  • technical T-shirt

    Your T-shirt & size is guaranteed before 21st April. After this date you may not get a T-shirt or it may not be your size.

  • Awards 1st, 2nd & 3rd Lady & Man

  • Gordon Scholefield Shield

    A plaque with 1st Lady & 1st Man will be added after the event. This shield can't be taken away

  • Run details

  • Distance: 14.5M (23.3Km)

  • Trails: 92% Road 8%

  • Total Ascent: 1769ft (539m)

  • Lowest: 88ft (27m) @ 6.8M

  • Highest: 678ft (206m) @ 9.2M

  • Checkpoints & Maps

    There are 4 checkpoints on the Half Marathon.

    Note: Checkpoint numbers cover all 4 event distances, so those below will be the ones you go to. You will not see any others to confuse you.

Open: 9:30am – 2:30pm


Water & First Aid 

Open: 9:30am – 3pm


Water, Energy Drinks & Timing Split

Open: 10:30am – 5pm

Water & Energy Drinks

Open: 10:30am – 5pm


Timing point only

OS Maps Ordnance Survey Online

If you subscribe to the OS Maps online, then you can view the route here. You also download the GPX file and view a 3D fly through