Stroud Trail Quarter Marathon

.. although nearly 8 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 Minchinhampton Great park, the route heads over the common to Amberley. Then heading down through the village, before turning into the the lovely woods for a mile and a half. Exiting the woods a steep ascent up onto Rodborough Common awaits. After reaching the top, it's time to head over to Rodborough Fort. A great view of the cotswolds is impossible to avoid. Now it's time to descend down to the Cotswold Canal towpath, under the railway viaduct and to the only checkpoint onthe Quarter, Checkpoint 1 (4.6M)

Then, it’s a sharp left turn, then up and over the canal, back under the viaduct and on the eastwards heading canal towpath.

After a mile, it’s time to turn off the towpath and head back up to Rodborough common. This climb is considerable, but well worth it, arriving at the top at Winstones Ice Cream Shop and factory. maybe a visit after your accomplishment.
Continuing up past the Bear Inn and onto Minchinhampton common. Now all that’s left is head back over the common to the finish.

  • Event information

  • When: 11th May 2025

  • Start Time: 11:30am

    Race bibs & Shoe Tags can be collected from 7am at Race HQ
    Race briefing will be at 11:20am on 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: £27

    There is an additional £2 for unaffiliated runners

  • Min age: 16yrs

  • Registration closes: 7th May 2025

    or earlier if entry limit is reached

  • No entries on the day

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    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

    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

  • Run details

  • Distance: 7.6M (12.2Km)

  • Trails: 99% Road 1%

  • Total Ascent: 1050ft (320m)

  • Lowest: 142ft (43m) @ 4.2M

  • Highest: 678ft (206m) @ 1.3M

Open: 9:30am – 2:30pm

Water & First Aid

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