ALL over the UK, people are outside jogging in the cold wind, rain and snow, training for the London marathon. The annual event in April is for many people the most difficult challenge they will ever undertake. Running 42 kilometres (26 miles) is an amazing achievement, however once you have completed a marathon, the next step of running an ultra marathon (80 to 160 kilometres – 50-100 miles – in 12 hours) is beyond what most runners who are not super fit or super human would consider fun.
However a new company called 100 Mile Run Ltd are offering an event to change this. In August 2013 they are offering a 100 Mile Ultra Marathon (160 kms) with a difference – its split over 4 days. Runners, will run, walk or stagger a marathon a day for four consecutive days. At night they will camp in “runner’s villages” which have toilets, showers, sports massage, ice baths, food, drink and entertainment all provided.
The 100 mile run follows the Cotswold Way National Trail, a stunningly beautiful protected national trail which runs through the heart of the Cotswolds in Western England. The area is widely regarded as one on the most picturesque parts of Britain, with Cotswold stone villages and quintessentially English countryside on offer from start to finish.
Trail running is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK, with more and more people wanting to run in the countryside rather than pounding the concrete pavements of urban areas. Trail running is considered more interesting, as you have to negotiate rough ground, tree roots and mud patches, so runners have to hop, skip and jump their way along the trail, rather than the repetitive forward motion of long distance road running.
This new event is a truly unique ultra marathon trail running event. If gives participants a realistic opportunity of running 100 miles, which is an amazing achievement. It also promises to be a great social experience, with a small number of participants together for four days, good camaraderie and friendships are sure to blossom. And finally it a great way to travel and see the Cotswolds and enjoy the amazing villages and countryside this trail has to offer.
The event runs over the weekend of 2 to 5 August 2013, and single entry starts from £235 per person. For more information about 100 Mile Run Ltd and their Cotswold Way challenge, please visit their website at www.100milerun.com